Man killed by concrete slab
by Joel Danoy
Jan 29, 2013 | 9883 views | 8 8 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Industrial accident
Tracy Fire Department crews carry equipment to a concrete mixing truck at A& A Concrete Supply Inc., 10250 Linne Road, as they work to free the body of a 47-year-old man who was crushed by a concrete slab inside a tumbler Tuesday, Jan. 29.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A 47-year-old Whittier man was killed Tuesday, Jan. 29, when a piece of concrete fell on top of him as he cleaned the inside of a mixer mounted on a concrete truck.

The man was working at A&A Concrete Supply Inc., 10250 Linne Road, around 3:30 p.m. when the incident occurred, according to David Bramell, division chief with the Tracy Fire Department.

Bramell said the victim worked for Express Chipping, based in the Los Angeles area, which was contracted by A&A Concrete Supply to clean the inside of its mixers. Over time, concrete can dry and harden in the drums, he said.

“In the course of that process, he chipped off a large piece that pinned him inside the drum,” Bramell said.

Other workers in the area immediately realized what happened and began to try and free the man. However, he was trapped by a piece of concrete estimated to weigh about 1,800 pounds, he said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene but were not able to remove the rubble from around the man until about 4:50 p.m. His body was removed from the mixer, which is mounted on the back of a truck, around 5:05 p.m., according to Bramell.

“After people accessed him, we determined that the injuries he had sustained were fatal, so then it switched to a recovery operation,” he said.

A medical helicopter was spotted flying over the scene around 4 p.m. however it never landed.

Firefighters were also seen carrying tool boxes and a hydraulic pump capable of lifting large pieces of concrete.

Bramell didn’t release the name of the victim.

Express Chipping was permitted to do the work, and no regulations appeared to be broken, Bramell said.

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February 01, 2013
What in the hell is the matter with some people?? A man lost his life who F@#$%&*G cares if he was following procedure or being safe!!! Instead of posting your judgmental, idiotic remarks try praying for the man and his family!! Or better yet pray for your own cold souls
January 31, 2013
Happened to drive past and saw all the fire trucks. I knew right away something was up.
January 31, 2013
I wish this man's family comfort during this horrible time.
January 31, 2013
Johnnyc85, No need to apologize for bringing what appears to be your first hand knowledge to the discussion. Going by CR's comment here and prior comments in regards to warehouse jobs, he doesn't know too much about hard manual labor.

I was in the glass business for 22 years and know what you brought up is accurate, construction and many other jobs are inherently dangerous regardless of the safety measures in place. This was a terrible accident and unfortunately will probably not be the last.

I was in the glass biz long before the new age of safety came about and we use to laugh at guy's who always wore protective gear. Some jobs dictated it but for the most part we accepted getting cut here & there as part of the trade. We simply tried employing enough safety measures to avoid having anything major happen.
January 31, 2013
Worked at a drywall factory. Guy did the same thing. We tied him off but, we knew, if it went, he was a gonner. Those drums turn man. He didn't have to be under it.
January 31, 2013

Since he was buried in th rubble on th inside of th drum where he was chippin it off, turnin th drum would have th effect of turinin him inta a Slurpee. If he had been on top of it inside th drumb, as yer comment may be suggestin by "turinin" th dumb, thair was evidently as much on one side of th drum as th other an he would have really been no safer in that situation either.

Some jobs are hazardous an all ya can do is ta be as careful as ya can. Even then, sometimes yer number gets called an that's th way it is. This seems ta be a rare actual accident an about th only real way it might have been prevented is if it was ensured no materials were left in th drum long enough ta solidify. In it's pliant state it's water soluble but if allowed ta sit will still solidify under water. In fact it actually is harder if it hardens under water.

Unfortunate accident an who ever made th comment about cushy desk jobs and who builds houses, roads an stuff is a very valid comment.

My condolences to this man's family and friends.
January 30, 2013
Okay, how brain dead are these people that they can't figure out that something like this was at risk of happening?

Hey lets just not worry about the potential for a ton slab falling on peoples skulls.

No regulations broken? What regulations might those be again?

January 30, 2013
Cleaning mixer trucks is inherently dangerous. The obvious option is to make sure the mud doesn't harden in the drum. This isn't always possible. Typically when chipping the drum small 5 to 20lb pieces will fall off. For this we wear hard hats. 1 ton slabs falling off are typically unheard of. The construction industry is a pretty dangerous trade. I have seen concrete pump hoses blow many a time when a careless operator wasn't paying attention. Pump plugs up and the hose gets to about 4000 psi and boom. Shrapnel in all directions that can easily kill a man.

Sorry for the somewhat long rambling. My point was construction is dangerous but the risk can be lessened when people are paying attention to their surroundings. Possibly this man wasn't paying attention as much as he should have been or it was merely a freak accident. We can't all have a cushy office job or else who would build your foundations, swimmin pools and driveways?

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