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Accident: 202045076 - Employee Is Injured When Struck By Falling Crane Boom

Accident: 202045076 -- Report ID: 0155010 -- Event Date: 07/11/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30860298607/12/20051799Blow & Cote, Inc.
Employee #1 and several coworkers were removing concrete forms at a construction site for a sewage treatment plant. A Bucyrus Erie 50-ton crane was being used to lift the forms to a staging area where the employees were receiving them. Work had stopped and the crane remained stationary with the boom at 30 degrees with no load on the block. The crane operator then received a signal from the foreman to pick up a pack of forms. The operator raised the boom 5 degrees and the employees heard a noise. At that time, the boom began to freefall and struck Employee #1 on the head. He fell to the ground and became pinned beneath the boom. He was transported to Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington,VT, where he was hospitalized with a fracture.
Keywords: fracture, head, crane boom, pinned, construction, equipment failure, crushed, struck by, falling object, crane
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308602986 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Crushed/run-over/trapped of operator by operating

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