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Accident: 80950.015 - Worker Falls From Flatbed Trailer And Sustains Fatal Rupture

Accident: 80950.015 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 11/06/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1105215.01511/09/2015179669677 - Spirit Construction Services Inc
At approximately 2:35 p.m. on November 6, 2015, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, emp loyed by a construction company, were working inside a crane bay. Employee #1 w as assisting Coworker #1, a licensed forklift operator, as they unloaded metal d uct pipes from an 18-wheel flatbed trailer inside the bay. The flatbed trailer was approximately 45 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 5 feet high. The metal duct pi pes measured 7 feet 10 inches long by 18 inches in diameter. Employee #1, stand ing on the flatbed, was rolling the pipes from one side of the trailer to the ot her side. Coworker #1 then used the forklift to move the pipes to the rear of t he trailer, where an overhead crane would lift them to the bay's second level. As Employee #1 adjusted a pipe onto the forks of the forklift, his feet slipped off the edge of the flatbed and he fell to the concrete floor. Employee #1 was killed. The subsequent investigation revealed that Employee #1 had sustained a ruptured spleen and severe blunt force trauma injury and a fracture to his neck. His death was due to blood loss from the ruptured spleen. The investigation al so determined that Employee #1 was an experienced journeyman iron worker and rig ger who had received training over the years while working on various job sites.
Keywords: aerial lift, fall, flatbed truck, iron worker, material handling, pipe, rigging, rupture, spleen, storage area
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1105215.015 56 M Fatality Occupation not reported

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