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Accident: 201981321 - Employee Killed When Struck By Water Tank

Accident: 201981321 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 10/13/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30143855212/29/19981799Sirius Group, Inc.
On October 13, 1998, Employee #1 was preparing a 12,000-gallon water tower for removal from a construction site. The water had been removed from the tank, and a grader (blade) had been connected to the cable system on the tower to raise the tank enough to remove the leg pins in preparation for lowering the tank. As the tank was lowered the first few inches, it began to tilt. Employee #1 directed the blade operator to stop, which he did. Employee #1 then walked under the spout of the tank to determine the problem with the lowering operation. At that point the cable snapped dropping the tank to the ground. The 10-in. spout pipe struck Employee #1 in the head causing severe cervical spinal injuries. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital and admitted. Employee #1 died in the hospital about two months later from cardiac dysrythmia complicating cervical spinal cord injury as a result of his injury.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, fracture, head, spine, struck against, construction, water tank, hoistline
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 20 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301438552 Fatality Fracture Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators FallDist:
Cause: Site grading and rock removal
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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