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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Lowering the Boom

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I was working for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) during the summer of 1987, on a bridge project in Des Plaines, Illinois. I was out in the field when there was a loud BOOM about a hundred feet away. I rushed over to find out what had happened, only to find a man crushed under the boom of his crane. I had to do some investigations for the IDOT project and here is what happened.
The crane was done with the pylon driving on his side of the bridge. In order for the crane to be moved to another project, the boom sections (about four feet square by twenty feet long) had to be removed. The boom sections are attached with four inch pins. The booms have to be stabilized before removing the pins.

The crane operator on this day set the boom down and told the laborer to start removing the pins. The laborer had a few choice words for the operator. Among them were "that would be suicide!" The operator returned a few choice words to the laborer, and got out of the cab of the crane. He grabbed a sledge hammer and walked over to the first pin and knocked it out. As he walked over to the second pin, the laborer continued to yell at him to stop. The operator ignored the laborer and proceeded to knock the second pin out. The boom was not balanced and stabilized, and caught the surprised operator across the shoulders. The boom had compressed the six foot tall operator to about 30 inches.

The entire time the co-workers and rescuers tried to free him from the boom, he had the most surprised look on his face. The operator was pronounced DOA at Lutheran General Hospital. Rescuers indicated that he died only after they removed him from the crane and placed him on the stretcher.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 08:45 AM
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Not to much of a rush, but to comfortable with the daily routines. We always hear on the construction sites " I've been doing this for twenty years" Next thing you know we are getting a safety letter in our emails stating something happened on a construction site through out the country. Most of the time the worker was taking a short cut b/c he has done the task to many times to remember.
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Not to much of a rush, but to comfortable with the daily routines. We always hear on the construction sites " I've been doing this for twenty years" Next thing you know we are getting a safety letter in our emails stating something happened on a construction site through out the country. Most of the time the worker was taking a short cut b/c he has done the task to many times to remember.

+1 that was exactly what this guy said at our job site "I've being doing this 20 years" after I told him that was not the way to handle a 7" grinder, then took 10 stiches to the lower thigh, I felt like kicking his dumb ass!

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lmao...that same type of shit happened to a co-worker when i did foundation underpinning.
we had to anchor these huge brackets to the footings in a foundation and attatch 3foot hydrolic ram to it which drives 3inch by 3 foot pipe into the ground which would, after so many pipes are drivin, would lift the building into place.
long story short, my co-worker didnt take the time to properly anchor the bracket to the wall. when he started driving the pipe,at an angle, the ram broke making the pipe fly out which took his hand right off.



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