Severe ‘struck-by’ injury leads to inspection, multiple citations

by on March 11, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

County Materials Corp. (Elderon, WI) ran the Elderon, WI, worksite where a worker suffered an amputation/crushing injury and the organization now faces $56,700 for 18 violations OSHA says the company committed prior to the accident.

A cable on a trolley boom crane snapped, and pinned a truck driver against a concrete piling. His foot was severed and his femur was crushed. A follow-up inspection revealed numerous serious citations, including:

  • not establishing safe work practices during installation of precast concrete material
  • not inspecting trolley boom cranes and wire ropes
  • not equipping trolley boom cranes with crane level indicators, and
  • not ensuring materials were rigged by a qualified rigger.

Takeaway: Rarely does an accident of this severity occur if only one safety precaution was ignored or forgotten. Numerous violations increase the odds of something going wrong and reduce the effectiveness of redundant protections.

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