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Accident: 3988.015 - Employee Is Struck By Falling Concrete And Killed

Accident: 3988.015 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 11/16/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
109098.01511/16/2011Heneghan Wrecking Company
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 16, 2011, Employee #1 used an oxygen/prop ane torch fitted with a four foot handle to cut two pieces of rebar in a concret e beam. There were a total of four pieces of rebar encased in the beam. The bea m was located approximately ten feet above the floor. Employee #2 had exposed t he rebar using a Bobcat excavator model #E45M with a breaker attachment manufact ured by Atlas Copco Construction Tools, model number RX8. Employee #2 signaled for Employee #1 to exit the area using hand signals and sounding the horn on the excavator. Employee #1 then began to back away from the area. When Employee # 2 turned around he saw Employee #1 go back to the area in which he had been prev iously cutting. The concrete beam on the south wall then fell, striking Employe e #1 in the head. Employee #1 was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Keywords: compressed gas, demolition, falling object, struck by, structural collapse
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Demolition Under $50,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 109098.015 39 M Fatality Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Demolition

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