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Student hit in the head by falling construction debris

General Information to share:

Amie Twellman, a fifth grade student at William Cappel Elementary School in Moscow Mills, MO, was released from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis two days after being hit in the head by a 3-by-3 inch, 4 to 5 feet long, steel beam on Dec. 14, 2006.


Amie was sitting at her desk when the beam plunged through the roof just before 8 a.m.  She was airlifted to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a skull fracture.


The incident occurred in a classroom that was next to the construction area to add four new classrooms.  Demien Construction Co. of Wentzville was scheduled to complete the construction project in February 2007.


"There were specific instructions given to the contractors not to perform work in areas occupied by children," April Huddleston, community/public relations specialist with the Lincoln County R-III School District said.

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Benefits of sharing this information:

  • Ensure a written lift plan, completed by a qualified person, is required and approved before lifting over operational or occupied areas.
  • Ensure the structural integrity of areas used to store construction materials before they are placed on the roof.
  • Ensure a daily safety meeting is being conducted to discuss and plan the work for the day.
  • Ensure a daily safety plan is implemented to document and train workers on the safety hazards/precautions for the planned work that day.

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