Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Report for Nebraska: Hispanic Carpenter Killed When Struck by Piece of Concrete that Fell From Rigging Device During Hoist in Highway Work ZoneAbstract:
A 51-year-old Hispanic male carpenter was killed when struck by a 2000 pound piece of pre-cast concrete that broke loose and fell while being hoisted above him. The victim was part of a seven-person crew installing a 30 foot high interlocking concrete retaining wall system as part of a new bridge construction project. As the “cap” piece was being hoisted to the top of the wall, one of two bolts securing the sling to the “cap” pulled out of its threaded insert, causing the “cap” to swing to the opposite side, placing the entire weight on the remaining bolt/threaded insert which also failed. The piece of “cap” fell approximately 10-20 feet striking the victim. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor’s Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should:
– Ensure rigging and other equipment being used is suitable for the intended load.
– Ensure loads are not being lifted near, over or in the vicinity of any employee(s).
– Train all employees in the recognition & avoidance of hazards.
– Establish a Safety Committee and an Effective Written Injury Prevention Program.