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Accident: 202347142 - Employee Is Injured When Crushed By Steel Beam

Accident: 202347142 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 09/30/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30558640609/30/20021791Roberts Welding, Llc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on September 30, 2002, Employee #1 was attaching a 0.5-inch single-wrap choker to a steel I-beam, measuring approximately 32-feet long by 24-inches wide by 55-inches deep, and weighing 1,760 lbs. The beam was to be hoisted by a crane. As Employee #1 attached the loop of the choker near the top of one of the sides of the I-beam and pulled the choker through the loop, the I-beam rolled over onto his left leg and foot. The foreman and three coworkers came to Employee #1's aid, manually lifting the I-beam off of him. This was possible since the crane had already started to hoist the beam at the time of the accident. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for a crushed lower leg and foot. During the accident investigation, it was revealed that although Employee #1 was an experienced laborer, he was being trained on some new tasks under the supervision of the foreman.
Keywords: erection process, steel beam, unsecured, iron worker, load shift, construction, crushed, steel erection, foot, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4 50
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305586406 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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