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Welding service owner crushed by conduit in Wyoming.

Wyoming Department of Health
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 94WY005, 1994 Mar; :1-3
A 48 year old male welding service owner died from injuries suffered when a 5' concrete conduit pipe dislodged from a crane lift and dropped onto him, crushing him between two pieces of conduit. The victim was serving as supervisor for a project to install a man-hole access on a city street. Pieces of concrete conduit, 5' high by 4' in diameter, were being lowered into place using a trac-hoe. Two pieces of conduit had been successfully placed and a third piece was being lowered. In order to line up the rungs, the victim had climbed inside the placed conduit pieces by standing on the metal rungs inside the conduit as the third piece was lowered into place. The third piece was lowered into place, but the rungs were not properly lined up, so the victim signaled the crane operator to lift and replace the third piece. As the piece was being lifted it became disengaged from the crane and fell, crushing the victim between the second and third piece of conduit. The piece of pipe was immediately re-rigged and lifted and emergency personnel were notified. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Lifting equipment for heavy-duty crane operation should be adequate for the job and properly secured. 2. Regular safety meetings and review of safety procedures should be available to all employees. 3. Special care should be taken when projects are beyond a deadline to insure that unsafe practices are not used as time saving shortcuts.
Region-8; 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; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94WY005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wyoming Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division