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Accident: 648543 - Employee Killed In Fall From Viaduct

Accident: 648543 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 06/18/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10693363306/21/19931791Gem Erectors Co., Inc.
Employee #1, an iron worker on a highway viaduct rehabilitation project, was replacing rivets in a roadway support beam when the beam broke loose from its connection. Employee #1 and the work platform planks fell 55 feet to the ground. He was killed. Employee #1 had failed to replace the rivets he had removed and to connect the safety belt he was wearing to a safety lifeline cable.
Keywords: beam, unsecured, iron worker, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 55 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 106933633 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:55
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with platform catwalk (attached to struc

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