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Accident: 200541639 - One Killed, One Injured In Fall When Scaffold Stage Fails

Accident: 200541639 -- Report ID: 0317500 -- Event Date: 09/26/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31029447509/26/20071741Miller Masonry
On September 26, 2007, Employees #1 and #2 and coworkers were bricking a residential home under construction. Employees #1 and #2 were situated on the fourth buck of a Universal tubular welded-frame, walk-through scaffold. Employee #2, the company owner, began to move an end support frame at the east side of the scaffold where Employee #1, a worker, was "pointing" the brick. A coworker on third level felt the scaffold shift, and he jumped onto the lower roof just before the fourth stage collapsed. Employees #1 and #2 fell between 27 and 30 ft to the ground. Employee #1 landed about 10 ft from the scaffold, striking his head on the asphalt driveway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Employee #2 was transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Keywords: head, collapse, unsecured, work rules, construction, equipment failure, bracing, scaffold, tubular scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 3 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310294475 Hospitalized injury Puncture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:35
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold
2 310294475 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:35
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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