Materials handling proves fatal at stadium project

by on December 3, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Materials shift during handling. Ties and fasteners break. Centers of gravity change.

It’s unknown how a load of rebar became unstable at the Levi’s Stadium construction project in Santa Clara, CA, only that it did – and the result was tragic.

Edward Erving Lake Jr., 60, of Vacaville, CA, was a driver with steel manufacturer Gerdau Ameriseteel. He was unloading a truckload of rebar for the stadium at 6:30 a.m. when part of the load fell on him. He suffered fatal crushing injuries.

Work was stopped for the day and Cal-OSHA is investigating.

In cases like these, sometimes the cause is hurrying – the need to get materials in place quickly, but it’s unknown if that’s the case here. In any case, workers should double-check the centers of gravity haven’t shifted during handling.

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