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Accident: 114290.015 - Employee'S Heart Stops When Struck By Falling Scaffold Plank

Accident: 114290.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 09/13/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1350387.01509/13/2018Sahara Scaffold
At 7:45 a.m. on September 13, 2018, Employee #1 and three coworkers, employed by a scaffolding contractor, were dismantling a five-level scaffold next to a new three-story multifamily condominium building. Coworker #1 was at the highest po sition of the four employees, working from a balcony and removing scaffold compo nents that he then passed down to Coworker #2. Coworker #2 would pass the mater ials down to Coworker #3, who would pass them to Employee #1 working on the grou nd level. Coworker #1 had obstructed vision due to the scaffold and the balcony . Consequently, Coworker #1 was "blindly" passing the components to Coworker #2 . Coworker #1 passed a plank to Coworker #2 and then immediately passed down a second plank. Coworker #2 was unable to take hold of the second plank. The sec ond plank, which weighed approximately 40 pounds, fell and struck Employee #1 on the chest. Employee #1 sustained a cardiac contusion, and his heart arrested ( asystole). Emergency services provided initial treatment and then transported E mployee #1 to the hospital, where he was admitted for further treatment.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, cardiac arrest, chest, contusion, dismantling, falling object, heart, obstructed view, plank, residential construction, scaffold, struck by, untrained, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition   3 45
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1350387.015 31 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Plastering

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