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Inspection: 300869351 - Diversified Metal Works

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 300869351Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 11/24/2008

Diversified Metal Works
3200 W. Washington Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
NAICS: 238120/Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
Mailing: 332 W. Brenna Lane, Orange, CA 92867

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/13/2009
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/13/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202540233Event: 11/17/2008Steelworker Fractures Wrists In Fall From Beam
On November 17, 2008, Employee #1 was a union journeyman steel connector working for a steel erection contractor at a public school construction site. He was on a field beam at the north end of building B, ready to cut a choker loose from a crane. He cleared the choker, and the crane hook started going up. As it did, the choker caught on a bolt of the beam. A radio operator signaled for the crane operator to stop, and the operator disengaged the crane's clutch. Suddenly, the eye of the choker slipped off the shear connection plate, causing the beam to flex and bounce. The sudden movement of the beam threw Employee #1 from the beam. He fell 14 feet, 5 inches to the ground and fractured both wrists. He was hospitalized for four days. Two contributing factors to the accident were that Employee #1 failed to clear the choker completely from any part of the beam and that the radio operator did not respond properly when the choker became caught on a bolt.
Keywords: fracture, steel beam, vibrations, steel connector, steel erection, choker cable, fall, lost balance, choker, wrist
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300869351 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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