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A fitter/welder for an elbow fabricator in Texas died when he was struck by a 9,300 lb. elbow when a support stand was being removed.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX350, 1999 Jan; :1-3
A 27-year-old, male fitter/welder for an elbow fabricator, died when he was struck by a 9,300 lb. elbow when a support stand was removed. The victim and a co-worker had been welding work on a large steel elbow. The victim had completed the job and was going to move the elbow to the next workstation. The elbow was being supported by chains attached to an overhead crane and two stands which were tack welded to the base of the elbow. The victim cut one stand free and then after cutting the second stand free, the elbow rolled over on top of him, and crushed his head. The coworker used the controls to lift the elbow off the victim. Emergency medical services (EMS) were notified at 7:40 p.m. and arrived at 7:42 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The TX FACE Investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Design and build a cradle with lifting eyes for the elbow, to be used while welding or other work is being performed. 2. Perform job safety analysis (JSA) for supervisors to use as guidelines for completing this task and for training workers.
Region-6; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Welding; Welding-industry; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX350; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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