Category Archives: Accident Analysis

OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR STRUCK BY ROLL OF STEEL THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO MOVE FROM ONE AREA OF AN INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE TO ANOTHER

Case Description/Summary:  

A warehouse worker and overhead crane operator working in a warehouse was injured when he was struck by a roll of steel that he was attempting to move with an pendant-controlled crane. The employee had completed numerous crane operating courses and was experienced performing the same job on numerous occasions prior to the accident with the subject pendant-controlled crane.

Expert Analysis/Summary:

SPA, inc. reviewed the discovery documents and relevant research materials, codes, and standards related to materials handling and human factors engineering analysis. SPA, inc. also included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, operator’s manual, training programs documentation, photographs, etc.

It was determined through the review of the discovery documents that the employer met all the requirements placed on an employer as outlined in West Virginia’s deliberate intention code.

Results:    Case resolved in a favorable manner.

FALL THROUGH A FLOOR OPENING

Case Description/Summary:   A school janitor who entered a closet to disengage a fire alarm system fell through an unguarded floor opening.  An electrical contractor who was pulling wires under the floor failed to properly protect other individuals from the floor opening hazard. Expert Analysis/Summary: A construction and human factors engineering analysis included a review…

Injured by Pipes Falling Off of a Flatbed Trailer

Case Description/Summary:   An employee of a construction company was injured when two pieces of PVC pipe approximately 10” x 30’ rolled off a flatbed trailer, striking and pinning the employee to the ground. There was no Job Safety Analysis performed and the injured employee’s employer had not trained any of their employees in the…

Crush Accident Analysis At Natural Gas Drilling Site

Case Description/Summary:   Three workers were setting a set of steel steps next to a structure referred to as a “doghouse”, which is normally used as a tool shack for the drilling site.  Due to the time of year the ground was wet and muddy. While positioning the steel steps, two workers were walking along…

Accident Analysis Due to Defective Industrial Product

Case Description/Summary:   An employee was installing acoustical ceiling tile while using a set of stilts to reach the ceiling. The right stilt broke, causing the employee to fall.  The employee was injured because of the fall. Expert Analysis/Summary: A construction safety analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports,…

Electrocution Accident Analysis

Case Description/Summary:   An employee was working in an uninsulated  bucket truck installing new coax span cable between two utility poles in a residential community.  The coax span cable was positioned below two power lines.  The top line primary power line possessed 19,000 volts and the bottom secondary line possessed 120 volts.  While using the…

Doorway Trip and Fall Accident Analysis

Case Description/Summary:   A patron at a hotel bar and/lounge was allegedly injured when her shoe became stuck in the metal threshold of an exterior door while entering the building. Expert Analysis/Summary: A human factors and safety analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, photographs, etc. In addition, a…

Forklift Accident Analysis

Case Description/Summary:   A truck driver of a flatbed truck made a delivery of two bundles of cold rolled steel bars. There was a total of 18 bars of steel, nine bars per banded steel bundle.   The steel was two-inches by five-inches and 12-feet long.  The edges of the steel were reported to be pointed…

Multi-employer Worksite Safety Issues 2

Case Description/Summary:   An independent contractor working at a construction project was injured when a scaffold plank became dislodged from the tubular scaffold he was working from causing him to fall approximately six (6) feet (+) to the ground below. Just prior to the subject accident event, another company working on the project was allegedly…