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Inspection: 309836658 - Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton

Nr: 309836658Report ID: 0521100Open Date: 11/16/2006

Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp
2585 W 20th Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54903
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5051/Metals Service Centers and Offices
NAICS: 423510/Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: P.O.Box 2483, Oshkosh, WI 54904

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/07/2007
Emphasis: L:Piv, S:Fall From HeightClose Case:11/02/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 1 5
Current Violations 2 2 1 5
Initial Penalty $7,000 $210,000 $0 $0 $0 $217,000
Current Penalty $17,000 $100,000 $0 $0 $0 $117,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100176 B 05/10/2007 10/11/2007 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Willful 19100132 A 05/10/2007 06/12/2007 $50,000 $70,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02002A Willful 5A0001 05/10/2007 06/12/2007 $50,000 $70,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02002B Willful 19100178 M03 05/10/2007 06/12/2007 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02003 Serious 19100178 L01 I 05/10/2007 07/12/2007 $10,000 $70,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 03001 Other 19100022 B01 05/10/2007 06/12/2007 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 309836658Event: 11/15/2006Employee Is Killed When Struck By Bundle Of Steel Tubing
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on November 15, 2006, Employee #1 and a coworker, both employed by a steel company, were assigned to pull stock from steel shelves that were attached to an I-beam. While the coworker operated a Hubtex electric side-loader with four forks that had a platform attached, Employee #1 stood on the platform and manually retrieved single stock items from the shelving. Once the stock was removed from the shelf it was placed on the platform of the side-loader. The side-loader was rated for 10,000 lbs. and the shelving, which measured 19.25 inches in deep, had a variety of steel items to include an angle iron, and different sizes of round and square steel tubing. As Employee #1 was standing on the left side of the platform that was about 20 feet from the ground, retrieving the stock items from a shelf and placing them on the Hubtex platform, the stock began to pile up. Not before long, the stock hung over the platform by about 5-feet on each side. A bundle of square steel tubing that hung over the shelf by about 7.5 inches and consisted of twenty-five pieces of square steel tubing, measuring 2-feet deep by 2-feet wide by 20 feet long, and weighed about 2,700 lbs. fell from a shelf, striking Employee #1. He was killed due to multiple blunt force trauma injuries received. The accident investigation revealed that it was common practice for employees to stand on a platform made by the forks of the side-loader while the operator lifted them up to the shelves. However, during these operations, fall protection was not used. Additionally, the aisles are narrow and although there is a guide along the bottom of the shelf to help keep the Hubtex wheels straight, the wheels do not lock into the guide. The coworker later reported that he had heard a large crash and felt the side-loader shake. When he looked to see what had occurred, he observed Employee #1 in front of the side-loader with a bundle of steel lying on top of him. The exact cause of the accident is unknown; however, it was determined that the bundle was neither secured nor stable and required little to no motion to cause it to fall.
Keywords: chest, warehouse, manual mat handling, fall, fall protection, pipe, struck by, falling object, work platform, unstable load
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309836658 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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