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Accident: 200901247 - Employee Dies After Falling From Scaffold

Accident: 200901247 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 12/20/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30377279212/21/20028711Mactec Engineering And Consulting, Inc

On December 20, 2002, two employees returned to the site to identify the bad areas inside the digester with some type of marking. The workers entered the digester and lowered themselves to the platform. The employees then lowered the platform as low as it could go, approximately 29 feet to the cone area. The workers were wearing their safety harnesses and lanyards attached to the lifeline. After marking the cone area, they returned to the platform and did not reinstall the outer section of the platform. The workers continued inspecting the walls, moving the platform up every 4 ft. until reaching the dome area approximately 37 ft. high. A coworker said he was working on the wall with his back turned to Employee #1 when he heard a noise and turned around, Employee #1 was gone. The coworker looked down to the bottom of the digester and saw Employee #2 laying across a section of the grading. The employee was attached to or tangled with another line or cable at the platform level. The emergency response team arrived, removed Employee #1 from the digester, and transported the employee to the local hospital, where he later died.

Keywords: concrete slab, head, work rules, fall, work platform, work surface, scaffolding

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303772792 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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