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Inspection: 311334627 - Pizzagalli Construction Company

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 1

Nr: 311334627Report ID: 0352410Open Date: 09/08/2007

Pizzagalli Construction Company
1142 A Marine Road
Salisbury, MD 21801
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Mailing: 50 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/20/2007
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:09/27/2007
Emphasis: S:Construction

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102361151    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202500427Event: 09/07/2007Employee Causes Crane Boom To Collapse, No Injuries
On September 7, 2007, Employee #1 was using a Link-Belt Hydraulic Crawler Crane, model LS218H, PC#14-6090, serial #B6LI8-0227, to move a bundle of 2 in. by 4 in. lumber, along with some trash. After moving the load, he dismounted from the crane to collect his safety lines, but was startled when the crane's counterweight jumped. He returned to the cab and saw that the crane's 160 ft tall boom had fallen and struck a small brick building. The remaining sections of the boom then collapsed over the other side of the building and came to rest in a waste water treatment clarifier, crushing a catwalk which extended to its center. Employee #1 had apparently bumped into the boom's lever as he was exiting the crane, causing it to lock in the front (down) position. He acknowledged that this went against the employer's policy that equipment is to be turned off whenever it is left unattended, meaning whenever an employee leaves the seat.
Keywords: hand control, collapse, crane boom, work rules, struck against, construction, mech mat handling, unmanned, crane operator, crane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311334627 Occupation not reported

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