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Accident: 756007 - Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Pipe

Accident: 756007 -- Report ID: 0855610 -- Event Date: 09/23/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11461680809/24/19921311Washington Energy Exploration
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11461681609/24/19921541Moose'S Construction Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11461682409/24/19924213Pioneer Pipe & Tube
On September 23, 1992, Employee #1, a truck driver, and a coworker, a truck crane operator, were loading a shipment of approximately 40 ft long, double extra heavy 3 1/2 in. 600 wall pipe from a semi-truck trailer. The pipe was to be used to plumb a gas well injection station that was under construction. The two employees had successfully offloaded three of the four bundles of pipe. The fourth bundle was too heavy for the crane. Employee #1 decided to cut two metal bands to create one bundle with seven pieces of pipe and 10 pieces of loose pipe, which the crane could easily lift. Employee #1 successfully cut one band and 10 pieces of pipe rolled in a twisting motion over and away from the seven-piece bundle. Employee #1 proceeded along the length of the seven-piece bundle to the second band, keeping the bundle between himself and the loose pipe, then cut the band. The torque created by the twisting action of the 10 pieces of pipe was released, and propelled the seven-piece bundle into Employee #1. He was knocked from the semi-truck trailer to the ground. The seven-piece bundle and most of the loose pipe then fell on top of Employee #1, instantly crushing him to death.
Keywords: unsecured, pipe, gas well drilling, construction, crushed, falling object, unstable load
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114616808 Occupation Not Listed
2 114616816 Occupation Not Listed
3 114616824 Fatality Other Truck drivers, heavy

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