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Accident: 968909 - Employee Killed When Struck By Hinging Crane Boom

Accident: 968909 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 01/13/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11458795901/13/19921799Postlewait, Inc.
Employee #1 and coworkers were assembling the boom of a crane. While the operator was climbing into the cab and the foreman was positioning himself to be the signalman, Employee #1 positioned himself beneath the boom butt, which was approximately 36 in. above the ground. The tip of the boom was approximately 12 in. above the ground. The Bucyrus Erie 60 ton crane was in the travel mode with a 20 ft boom tip attached by the wire rope. When Employee #1 knocked out the lower connecting pins from the boom assembly, prior to the boom being grounded, the boom section hinged on the remaining two top pins and the end of the butt section struck Employee #1. Employee #1 sustained injuries to his abdomen leading to hypovolemia, hypoxia, and cardiac arrest and died.
Keywords: abdomen, unsecured, crane boom, work rules, construction, cardiac arrest, struck by, crane
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 114587959 Fatality Other Construction trades, n.e.c.

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