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Accident: 300791068 - Employee Paralyzed When Crushed Under Collapsed Crane Boom

Accident: 300791068 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/31/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30079106807/31/20020781Jesus Garcia Villallobos Landscaping
At approximately 10:51 a.m. on July 31, 2002, Employee #1 was helping his supervisor plant trees at a construction project. The supervisor was using a Galion 12-ton crane, model 125, to hoist the trees and place them into the planting holes. Employee #1 was on the ground assisting in the tree placement when the crane, with its boom extended to 35 ft, tipped over. The boom landed on Employee #1, crushing his pelvis and legs. His legs had to be amputated below the knee and he was paralyzed from the waist down. With its boom extended to 35 ft, the crane was overloaded when it collapsed. The crane was also in a state of disrepair. All but one of its outriggers were broken and unuseable, and the one useable outrigger was deployed on soft dirt and was unable to support the hoisted load.
Keywords: paralysis, outrigger, collapse, inadequate maint, crane boom, work rules, overloaded, pelvis, crane, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300791068 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers

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