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Inspection: 300056223 - Brb Contractors, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Omaha

Nr: 300056223Report ID: 0728900Open Date: 08/19/1999

Brb Contractors, Inc.
13th & Beaver City Water Treatment Plant
Beatrice, NE 68310
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
Mailing: P.O. Box 8128 400 Nw Curtis, Topeka, KS 66608

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/30/1999
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:09/14/2000
Emphasis: S:Construction Fatalities

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $15,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260550 A01 11/30/1999 12/17/1999 $5,000 $5,000 $0 12/20/1999 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 19260550 A05 11/30/1999 07/12/2000 $2,000 $5,000 $0 12/20/1999 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19260550 A19 11/30/1999 12/17/1999 $5,000 $5,000 $0 12/20/1999 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200050755Event: 08/19/1999One Employee Killed, One Injured, When Crane Boom Collapses
Employee #1, of Kaw Valley Builders, was part of a crew removing rotating biological contactors (RBCs) from the roof of the wastewater treatment plant in Beatrice, NE. He was standing on the concrete roof, signaling Employee #2, of BRB Contractors, who was operating a Koehring spanner crane, model #550, serial #C-13639. Employee #2 was swinging one of the RBC units away from the building to be set on the ground when the crane boom collapsed and fell back across the roof, causing it to cave in. Employee #1 fell inside the building and landed on other RBC units; he was crushed and killed by the collapsed crane boom. Employee #2 was crushed by the falling load as it landed on the cab of his crane. He suffered head lacerations, broken teeth, and compound fractures of his right arm, for which he was hospitalized. When this report was written, Employee #2 had been released from the hospital. The RBCs weighed 25,600 pounds as a new unit, according to shipping invoices. The RBC involved in the accident was estimated to have weighed at least 28,250 lb.
Keywords: work rules, suspended load, crane operator, fracture, collapse, crane boom, construction, crushed, falling object, unstable load
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300056223 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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