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Accident: 200514313 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Scaffold Into Water

Accident: 200514313 -- Report ID: 0552700 -- Event Date: 12/06/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31057780412/06/20061791Northern Industrial Erectors Dba Plant Maintenance
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 6, 2006, Employee #1, an ironworker, was working with a coworker on a swing stage scaffold, preparing it to be moved to another location of an ore dock. The coworker was attempting to get a kink out of one of the cables. A strap that tied the swing stage scaffold to the dock broke or loosened, causing one end of the swing stage to swing out from the dock. The employee was standing on the end of the swing stage scaffold that swung out. He was thrown 50 ft to the base of the dock and then fell into the water. The coworker ran down to the base of the dock and used an extension cord to lasso the employee's arm and hold his head above water. Outside, rescue personnel used a boat to retrieve the employee from the water, but he was not breathing at the time of rescue. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: ejected, dock, wire rope, iron worker, fall, scaffold, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 100 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310577804 Fatality Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:50
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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