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Accident: 972398 - Two Employees Injured When Struck By Falling Column

Accident: 972398 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 03/15/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10560174403/16/19901711J & S Mechanical Contractors Inc
At 1:30 p.m. on March 15, 1990, Employees #1 and #2 were laying pipe in a shallow trench. A coworker adjacent to the two men had marked a hole on the concrete floor for a baseplate for a 1/4 in. thick, 11 ft 4 in. tall, 4 by 4 in. square metal support column. The coworker slid back the baseplate so that he could drill the holes for mounting bolts. While the bolts were curing in the concrete, the column remained free-standing. After the coworker left the area the column fell, striking Employee #1 on the head and Employee #2 on his left wrist before it came to rest on a concrete retaining wall. Employee #1 suffered a concussion and was hospitalized; Employee #2 sustained multiple bruises and contusions to his wrist. Coworkers interviewed had different opinions on why the column fell. One employee said it was blown over by the wind and another indicated that it fell moments after a coworker passed by it.
Keywords: head, unsecured, work rules, column, construction, trench, struck by, concussion, falling object
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105601744 Hospitalized injury Concussion Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
2 105601744 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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