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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303543573 - Bengies Welding Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 3

Nr: 303543573Report ID: 0352430Open Date: 07/13/2000

Bengies Welding Service, Inc.
19651 Bel Air Road
Perry Hall, MD 21128
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
Mailing: 10700 Jones Road, Bradshaw, MD 21021

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/18/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:01/12/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $4,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,400
Current Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
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 10/02/2000 10/07/2000 $500 $2,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260550 B02 10/02/2000 10/07/2000 $500 $2,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200965366Event: 07/13/2000Employee Injured When Crane Overturns
Employee #1, a crane operator, was using a Grove TMS-540 crane, serial #220945, to remove a 910 lb Wacker power trowel, model CRT 46 KHN, serial #751501067, from the third floor of an office building under construction. The crane boom was fully extended to 115 ft, with a 30 ft extension, a 6,000 lb counterweight, a 300 lb ball, a 45 degree offset, and single part reeving. The crane outriggers were fully extended and the estimated boom angle was 55 degrees, with a 95 ft radius. The crane's rated capacity in this configuration was 1,770 lb. The stabilizer pads were on pieces of 4 by 8 hardwood, on top of which were varying lengths of haphazardly stacked 2 by 4 SPF (Spruce-Pine-Fir) that were not level. Employee #1 heard a loud pop, after which the crane immediately tipped over. Apparently, as the load was passing the right front outrigger, either the 2 by 4 blocking or the outrigger failed, causing the crane to overturn. Employee #1 sustained multiple contusions and abrasions, for which he was hospitalized. He had not been required to pass a practical operating examination for this crane. Another causal factor may have been the failure to compensate for the boom deflection. The employer was cited for apparent violations of 29 CFR 1926.550 (b)(2), referencing ANSI b.30.5.
Keywords: outrigger, crane outrigger, work rules, construction, equipment failure, unstable surface, mech mat handling, crane operator, crane, overturn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303543573 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Crane and tower operators

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