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Accident: 201062726 - Employee Injured In Fall When Scissor Lift Runs Into Hole

Accident: 201062726 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 02/17/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12027446902/22/20001791Shore Steel Company Inc.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on February 17, 2000, Employee #1, an ironworker, was installing cross-braces above the ceiling beams at the left section of a theater under construction. He was operating one of two Skyjack 800 SJ8841 scissor lifts, and was standing at the controls at the right front corner of the scissor lift platform. The lifts were being used at their full, 30 ft extension to install the braces. He was backing the scissor lift to tighten the bolts on the next brace when his left rear tire either ran across some 2 by 4 debris or ran into a 28 in. wide by 10 in. deep steel post hole. The scissor lift tipped to the side and Employee #1 fell approximately 30 ft to the ground, sustaining multiple fractures, contusions, and a head injury. Subsequent investigation determined that the hole cover had been removed by the employer and that the employer failed to protect employees from the unguarded hole. Employee #1 was driving at the right front corner of the platform, and could not see the left rear tire and the hole. No mechanical problems were reported and the supervisor was in the immediate vicinity at the time of the accident. The employer was cited for a serious accident-related of T8CCR 3646(a)(3).

Keywords: cover, unguarded fl opening, iron worker, work rules, construction, fall, floor opening, aerial lift, backing up, overturn
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 34

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120274469 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers

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