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Accident: 202544136 - Employee Fractures Head When Struck By Falling Canopy

Accident: 202544136 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 08/11/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31486001608/15/20121791United Riggers & Erectors Inc
At 5:30 a.m. on August 11, 2012, Employee #1, with United Riggers & Erectors Inc., was on a scaffold trying to line up the hole on the rim bracket with two holes, one on each strut. At that time, three shores were holding the metal ring in place while the three columns were being connected to the ring. One of the shores failed. The top part of a screw jack holding up the rim sheared off, causing the ring to fall and crushing Employee #1 with the rim. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for serious head injuries for three days. Employee #1 was then transferred to another hospital, where he was treated for two months. After returning home, Employee #1 had to be hospitalized further after experiencing seizures related to his head injuries. The employer was cited for failure to ensure that the shoring was adequate for the load and that the load was marked on jacks.
Keywords: roof bracket, fracture, head, overloaded, screw jack, steel erection, fall, shoring, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other heavy construction Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314860016 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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