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Accident: 171017270 - Employee Fractures Vertebrae In Fall From Scaffold

Accident: 171017270 -- Report ID: 1054114 -- Event Date: 07/24/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12623151307/24/19951799Performance Abatement Services Inc
Employee #1, of Performance Abatement Services, was standing on the first level of a scaffold that had been erected to remove asbestos insulation from a digester tank at the Albany Paper Mill. He was shoveling insulation into a plastic bag when he lost his footing and toppled off the scaffold platform through the plastic abatement containment wall. He fell 7 ft 4 3/4 in., landing on his back on the concrete floor of the digester pit. Employee #1 was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland, OR, where he was diagnosed with two fractured vertebrae. There were no guardrails on the 31 in. wide platform.
Keywords: platform, fracture, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, lost balance, vertebra, unguarded, scaffold
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126231513 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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