Mechanic fatally injured during dismantling of crane boom at scrap metal yard - Pennsylvania.
Moore PH; Casini VJ; Pettit TA
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 97-03, 1997 Jun; :1-5
On March 17, 1997, a 42-year-old master mechanic (the victim) was fatally injured while dismantling a crane boom at a scrap metal yard. The victim and two co-workers were dismantling the crawler-mounted lattice boom crane in preparation for transport. The crane boom had been lowered to 8 1/2 feet off the ground, and was supported by the boom pendants. The victim positioned himself under the pinned connections between the inner (heel or base) section and the center section of the boom. While one coworker observed, the victim removed the pins from the bottom connections. When the victim removed the last of the two pins, the boom sections fell, striking and pinning the victim underneath. The co-worker immediately contacted the yard manager by radio who then notified 911.
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