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Accident: 202561726 - One Worker Is Killed, One Is Injured By Falling Steel Beams

Accident: 202561726 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 06/19/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31717323506/19/20131622Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, Llc
On June 19, 2013, Employees #1 and #2, employed by a construction company, were performing exterior carpentry as part of a new road construction project. They were working under an elevated portion of the road. As the shoring system (falsework) under the elevated road was being removed, the suspension system (Dywidag rods and couplers or equivalent) providing support for steel I-beams and wood falsework collapsed and partially fell to the ground below, striking Employees #1 and #2. Emergency services were called. Employee #1 was pronounced dead on the scene, fatally crushed by falling steel beams. Employee #2 was transported to the hospital, admitted, and treated for a serious unspecified fracture.
Keywords: fracture, highway, steel beam, collapse, carpenter, construction, crushed, shoring, struck by
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317173235 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure
2 317173235 Fatality Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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