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Accident: 200535979 - Painter Is Killed In Fall From Bulbous Type Water Tower

Accident: 200535979 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 08/01/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31727113808/02/20131721Arndt Enterprises Inc.
At approximately 1:54 p.m. on August 1, 2013, Employee #1, a 29-year-old male with Arndt Enterprises Inc., and was working with three coworkers painting on the top of a bulbous type water tower. The tower was approximately 140 ft in height. Employee #1 was painting on the east side while a coworker was painting on the west side of the tower. In addition to a coworker standing on the ground approximately 70 ft to 100 ft south of the tower and another coworker painting the middle portion of the tower on the west side. Employee #1 fell off of the east side tower. One of the coworkers saw Employee #1 fall and bounce off of the ground. The coworkers called Emergency Medical Service for help. The Mt. Vernon police and paramedics arrived and tried to revive Employee #1 but were unsuccessful. Employee #1 was killed in the fall.
Keywords: water tower, fall, painter, water tank
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 14 140 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317271138 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:140
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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