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Accident: 170718290 - Employee Hospitalized After Falling From Unsafe Scaffold

Accident: 170718290 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 01/28/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11204808701/31/19921721Joe Masterson & Sons
Employees #1 and #2, painters, were sent to paint the interior of a house. The employer had told them to paint the high section from the ladders he provided and not to use the general contractor's rolling scaffold. At about 5:00 p.m., when the employer returned to the site, he found Employee #1 working from the scaffold. He told him to get off, then left to check on the other painter, who was in the garage. The employer heard Employee #1 yell, then heard him hit the stairway. The rolling scaffold had tipped over against the opposite wall. Employee #1 was hospitalized. The scaffold was not equipped with railings, and had inadequate planking. In addition, its adjustable legs were extended too far and the 14 ft 4 in. high, 51 in. wide scaffold was more than three times as high as it was wide. The scaffold was also not tied to the building. Employee #1 does not know what caused him to fall. The cause of the accident was that Employee #1 used an unsafe scaffold after being told by his employer not to use it.
Keywords: planking, fracture, guardrail, unsecured, work rules, construction, fall, painter, overturn, scaffold
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112048087 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance

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