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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 311596712 - Lasalle Crane Service

Inspection Information - Office: North Boston

Nr: 311596712Report ID: 0134000Open Date: 12/02/2007

Lasalle Crane Service
51 Salem Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Mailing: 2 Orcutt Avenue, Saugus, MA 01906

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/02/2007
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Fall From Height, S:Powered Ind VehicleClose Case:05/29/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200774859Event: 12/02/2007Employee Killed In Fall From Suspended Load
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on December 2, 2007, Employee #1 was working with a crane operator to lower equipment onto a client's dump trucks. The crane operator arrived and proceeded to his crane, which was located in the same complex. After warming and inspecting the crane, he positioned it for the operation in coordination with the client. Employee #1 immediately obtained a synthetic sling from a compartment on the crane, attached it to the crane hook, and climbed to the top of the trailer units to attach the sling hooks to the equipment to be lowered. One sanding unit and two snow plow blades were lowered without incident. The second sanding unit was on top of the furthest trailer and had been placed inside another "landscape" type trailer with wire grid sides approximately 4 feet 6 inches tall. Employee #1 placed the hooks on the unit. He reportedly jumped on top of the unit's grating cover and held onto two of the sling legs as the unit was raised and lowered. The unit was rotated to the right while being lowered and two hooks at the sand distributor end (back) of the sanding unit instantaneously released, causing him to fall. He was approximately 25 feet above ground. He rotated as he fell, striking his back on the right rear tailgate receiver port of the first receiving dump truck. The crane operator and the client rushed to him. The client immediately called emergency medical services for assistance and the crane operator moved the crane to allow access by first responders. Employee #1 was transported to Melrose Wakefield Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: unsecured, work rules, suspended load, construction, riding on equipment, dump truck, fall, mech mat handling, sling, crane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311596712 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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