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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
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
  1. 01001 Serious 19260850 A 03/09/2000 03/14/2000 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200021723 Event: 10/06/1999Employee Killed During Warehouse Demolition
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on October 6, 1999, Employee #1 was operating a crawler-type Link Belt hydraulic excavator during demolition of a two-story, 464,850 sq ft warehouse complex. He had positioned the excavators' boom/arm, which was equipped with a LaBounty shear, through an opening in a brick elevator tower into an area near the second level of the main warehouse building. It is believed that Employee #1 was retrieving a 20-ton elevator motor or that he was cutting through the tower structure to access the motor. Just prior to the accident, a witness observed the boom/arm being withdrawn, at which point it scissored upward and forcefully struck the roof of the elevator tower. This roof dislodged and collapsed, resulting in the total destruction of the elevator tower and connected structural members of the warehouse's south perimeter wall. The approximately 15 ft by 20 ft x 6 in. elevator tower roof apparently slid down onto the excavator boom and cab, killing Employee #1. Subsequent investigation revealed that the company's engineering plan failed to address the removal of building elevators. There was also no evidence that the plan was in writing, a violation of T8CCR of 1926.850(a).
Keywords: roof collapse, demolition, building collapse, work rules, equipment operator, construction, earthmoving equip, excavator, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302134838 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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