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Accident: 845222 - Employee Dies In Fall Through Open-Sided Floor

Accident: 845222 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 02/18/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10305185002/19/19911711Fuel Economy Inc.
Employee #1 was standing on top of a 5 ft high round tank, connecting a clamp to an overhead beam. The clamp was to be used in lowering the tank to the basement floor, a distance of 18 ft. The tank, weighing about 4,000 lb, was resting on a wood pallet and positioned at the edge of a landing with the guardrail removed, creating an open-sided floor. Two tank legs broke through the pallet, causing Employee #1 to lose his balance and fall 23 ft to the basement floor. He died.
Keywords: guardrail, work rules, construction, fall, pallet, lost balance, tank, open-sided floor, unstable load
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103051850 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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