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Inspection: 300448024 - Bechtel Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Concord

Nr: 300448024Report ID: 0111700Open Date: 10/13/1998

Bechtel Corporation
Vicinity Of Access Road #14 And Station 2379
Stark, NH 03582
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
Mailing: 2367 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/09/1998
Emphasis: S:Construction FatalitiesClose Case:04/20/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/10/1999 03/16/1999 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200610293Event: 10/12/1998One Employee Killed, One Injured By Falling Pipelayer Boom
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 1998, Employee #1, a welder, Employee #2 and three coworkers were riding on a sled being pulled by a 1974 Caterpillar 583H pipelayer, serial #61A-904. The crew had completed a tie-in weld at a spot west of access road #14 and were headed to the next work site. They traveled approximately 1,000 ft to the west along the row before stopping at a large rock in the middle of the row. They dismounted the sled so it could travel unimpeded over the large rock, then remounted to continue on. The pipelayer and sled had resumed travel for only about 3 ft when the boom of the pipelayer fell backward. The 500 lb block and hook hit the right side of the sled and struck Employee #1 on the head. The coworkers, who had escaped from the sled, assisted Employee #1 and called for medical care. The foreman, who had been observing the crew riding the sled and saw the boom fall, drove to the scene from the access road. Employee #1 was moved into his vehicle and transported to meet medics and an ambulance. He was transported to Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, NH, where he was pronounced dead at 7:00 p.m. Employee #1 had suffered a fractured jaw, a fractured neck, and massive internal injuries from being struck in the chest by the hook and block. Employee #2 sustained chest abrasions and contusions in a fall connected to the accident; he was treated and released.
Keywords: chest, fracture, unsecured, work rules, construction, neck, struck by, falling object, towed equipment
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300448024 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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