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Accident: 202570305 - Worker Incurs Arterial Tear From Scaffold Fall And Dies

Accident: 202570305 -- Report ID: 0452110 -- Event Date: 12/27/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31668920702/22/20131742Grayhawk Llc

On December 27, 2012, Employee #1, a 42-year-old drywall installer employed by Grayhawk LLC, was working at a commercial building. He was working from a baker scaffold, at an elevation of approximately 23 inches, as he attempted to install wood sheathing (plywood) across a temporary exterior wall opening. Employee #1 did not have the scaffold's casters in the locked position. As he attempted to screw in the plywood, he reached forward, away from the scaffold. The scaffold began to roll out from underneath him. Employee #1 fell forward off the scaffold. His left thigh struck a structural upright member of the scaffold, causing a large contusion and swelling. He finished his shift and commuted home. Later that evening, Employee #1 went to the hospital complaining of pain and swelling in his left leg. He was admitted, and surgery was performed to correct bleeding and a tear in his left superficial femoral artery. Employee #1 remained hospitalized due to the formation of blood clots in his legs and lungs. On January 2, 2013, Employee #1 suffered a cardiac arrest, likely due to the pulmonary clotting, and died.

Keywords: blood clot, construction, thigh, cardiac arrest, fall, artery, contusion, scaffold
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2 X

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316689207 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Drywall installers FallDist:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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