Employee Struck by Angle Iron (KV 200)


What Happened?

At 6:30 a.m. on July 24, 2018, an employee was lifting some angle iron with a crane using a choked chain but had not centered it. When the employee hoisted the load, it struck some other material and it slipped through the choked chain, falling on the employee's left leg. The employee fractured his leg and suffered a laceration. The employee was hospitalized.

Contributing Factors

There are no contributing factors.

What Can We Learn?


Time Pressure: The employee may have had a feeling of urgency which pushed him to hoist the load prior to centering the angle iron.

Overconfidence: Did the worker overestimate his knowledge, underestimate risks, and exaggerate their ability to control events?


Were there Procedures in place that would have ensured the employee was hoisting the load properly?

The employee could have used a Second Check to ensure that the angle iron was centered prior to lifting.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?