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Accident: 14547731 - Employee'S Ankles Fractured In Jump From Scaffold

Accident: 14547731 -- Report ID: 1050210 -- Event Date: 10/31/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10366410810/31/19889224Kodiak City Fire Department
At approximately 9:25 a.m. on October 31, 1988, Employee #1, an assistant fire chief, was climbing the end bracing of a 13 ft 10 in. high scaffold. The scaffold started to sway and shake, and Employee #1 jumped off because he thought it would overturn. He landed on a concrete floor and fractured both ankles. The scaffold overturned after he jumped, but it is possible that this was a result of his jumping. Safety instructions on the scaffold indicated that outriggers and/or tying off to the building are required if the platform height exceeds 8 ft 6 in. At the time of the accident, the platform height was 9 ft 10 in., and neither precaution had been taken.
Keywords: fracture, outrigger, work rules, fall, tie-off, ankle, overturn, scaffold, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103664108 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, firefighting & fire prevention occupa

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