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Accident: 202540233 - Steelworker Fractures Wrists In Fall From Beam

Accident: 202540233 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/17/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086935111/24/20081791Diversified Metal Works
On November 17, 2008, Employee #1 was a union journeyman steel connector working for a steel erection contractor at a public school construction site. He was on a field beam at the north end of building B, ready to cut a choker loose from a crane. He cleared the choker, and the crane hook started going up. As it did, the choker caught on a bolt of the beam. A radio operator signaled for the crane operator to stop, and the operator disengaged the crane's clutch. Suddenly, the eye of the choker slipped off the shear connection plate, causing the beam to flex and bounce. The sudden movement of the beam threw Employee #1 from the beam. He fell 14 feet, 5 inches to the ground and fractured both wrists. He was hospitalized for four days. Two contributing factors to the accident were that Employee #1 failed to clear the choker completely from any part of the beam and that the radio operator did not respond properly when the choker became caught on a bolt.
Keywords: fracture, steel beam, vibrations, steel connector, steel erection, choker cable, fall, lost balance, choker, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 3 36
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300869351 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:14
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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