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Accident: 200271773 - Employee Killed In Fall From Mobile Scaffold

Accident: 200271773 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 09/25/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31079804609/28/20071542Vernon Kuhns D/B/A Kuhns Construction Company
On September 25, 2007, Employee #1 and coworkers were installing cross-cut material into the ceiling of a metal barn. Two employees were working from planks set on tubular welded-frame mobile scaffolds. Employee #1, who was on one of the scaffolds, had completed the material installation at the east end of the building and was ready to move to the west end. He knelt down on his hands and knees on the scaffold plank while a coworker took hold of the scaffold and proceeded to pull it toward the west end of the building. A wheel of the scaffold struck a piece of metal on the floor and the scaffold shuttered, but it did not tilt. Employee #1 fell 10 ft 8 in. from the scaffold, striking his head on the concrete floor as he landed. A coworker called 911; when Emergency Services arrived, Employee #1 was alive, but incoherent. He was transported to the hospital, where he died at approximately 3:55 p.m. on Septemebr 27, 2007, as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: head, mobile scaffold, work rules, construction, riding on equipment, fall, fall protection, tubular scaffold, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310798046 Fatality Concussion Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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