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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303427801 - Clark Construction Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Birmingham

Nr: 303427801Report ID: 0418300Open Date: 02/02/2001

Clark Construction Co., Inc.
Thompson Bridge Road
Walnut Grove, AL 35990
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1622/Bridge, Tunnel, and Elevated Highway Construction
Mailing: Po Box 249, Headland, AL 36345

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/18/2001
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:09/16/2002
Emphasis: S:Construction, S:Construction Fatalities

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101271096    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 1 4
Current Violations 1 1 1 3
Initial Penalty $11,200 $63,000 $11,200 $0 $0 $85,400
Current Penalty $4,000 $0 $8,000 $0 $25,000 $37,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 07/18/2001 07/23/2001 $4,000 $5,600 $0 07/26/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19260550 A05 07/18/2001 07/23/2001 $0 $5,600 $0 07/26/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Unclass 19260550 A01 07/18/2001 07/23/2001 $25,000 $63,000 $0 07/26/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Repeat 19260550 A09 07/18/2001 07/23/2001 $8,000 $11,200 $0 07/26/2001 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201271210Event: 02/02/2001Employee Killed When Struck By Crane Boom
Employee #1, a heavy equipment operator for Clark Construction Company, died when he was struck by a crane boom. At the time of the incident, four employees were removing a 21 foot section of an 84 foot boom of a link-belt crane. The four employees present were a superintendent, who was also the crane operator, a welder, a drill tender, and a heavy equipment operator. The welder was standing to the front of the boom in line with the crane operator. The drill tender and the heavy equipment operator were under the boom which suspended approximately 5.5 feet above ground level. The superintendent was also certified as a crane operator and was at the controls of the crane holding the boom in the suspended position while his employees were removing the carter keys. The welder was knocking the pins out with a sledge hammer. The boom was not supported, blocked nor was any cribbing used to support the boom while employees were working underneath the boom knocking the pins out. When the welder knocked the second pin out from the under-side, the boom collapsed striking Employee #1 killing him. The operator's manual has a well illustrated and written instruction on the proper way to remove a section of the boom.
Keywords: collapse, crane boom, crushed, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303427801 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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