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Accident: 766337 - Employee Killed When Crushed By A Stack Of Falling I-Beams

Accident: 766337 -- Report ID: 0931400 -- Event Date: 01/18/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10237647201/19/19881791Bickerton Iron Works, Inc.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on January 18, 1988, Employee #1 was using a cutting torch to remove angle braces that connected stacked steel I-beams that measured 16 in. by 16 in. by 20 ft and weighed 6,000 lb. The I-beams were parallel to each other, approximately 9 ft apart, and stacked two high. There was a total of four I-beams and the stack was approximately 5 ft high. Cribbing blocks separated the bottom I-beams from the top I-beams and from the pavement. Employee #1 finished cutting the last angle brace and proceeded to walk between the now separated two stacks of I-beams. The I-beams fell inward and trapped Employee #1, crushing him to death. One of the bottom sets of cribbing blocks was placed parallel to the I-beams rather than perpendicular, causing the I-beams to roll inward.
Keywords: beam, blocks, construction, crushed, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 102376472 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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