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Accident: 43224.015 - Employee Operating An Aerial Lift Is Killed

Accident: 43224.015 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 04/12/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
900324.01504/12/2013Double Z Construction
At 10:00 a.m. on April 12, 2013, a total of eight employees were working at the site during the time when the fatal event took place. Employee #1, a 34 year old male welder, was operating an aerial lift and working directly with Employee #2, a crane operator, during the preparation of removing a 60 foot I-beam used in part to support an overpass/bridge. This was the first I-beam that was removed on this job site. Employee #1 used an oxygen/acetylene torch in order to cut through the I-beam in a 60 foot section and to burn two holes that were spaced approximately 6 feet from the center on one side and 19 feet on the other side of the I-beam, in order for the shackles to be installed as part of the crane's rigging. Employee #1 rigged two 7/8 inch diameter by 16 foot long, mechanically-spliced sling legs from the shackles to the crane's hook. Employee #1 was also tasked to be the designated signalman for Employee #2 to take all commands from during this lift. Employee #1 retracted the telescoping aerial lift in order for Employee #2 to begin his swing of the load. During the crane's operation with the 60 foot long I-beam, the sling leg that was on the side where Employee #1 was positioned in the aerial lift, slid out of the crane's hook, causing one side of the steel I-beam to fall and come in contact with the aerial lift where Employee #1 was located. This caused the basket to almost completely break away from the aerial lift's boom. The aerial lift crashed to the ground below along with Employee #1, resulting in crushing injuries to the employee's back and neck which resulted in his near instantaneous death. Employee #1 had been doing this type of work with this company for approximately six years. There were some weather variables that Employee #1 was required to negotiate, which were the cold air temperature and the muddy soil conditions.
Keywords: steel erection, boom, boom truck, crane, fall, fall protection, neck, rigging, falling object, crushed, aerial lift, boom support cable, back
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Demolition   30 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 900324.015 34 M Fatality Other Welders and cutters FallDist:
Cause: Cutting concrete pavement
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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