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Accident: 200671196 - Employee Injured In Fall When Scissor Lift Overturns

Accident: 200671196 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 01/17/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30049670001/20/19981711H. Lamm Industries, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30049668401/20/19981542L.C.I. Construction Of South Florida, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30049669201/20/19981721Mcpoyle'S Painting, Inc.
At approximately 12:00 noon on January 17, 1998, Employee #1 was using a StratoLift scissor lift to paint the ceiling of a warehouse. The lift was positioned over a channel that had been cut in the concrete slab and it was elevated to a height of approximately 20 ft. Employee #1 was facing north and was looking over his shoulder as he directed the lift southward to another break in the concrete. He was moving along when the northeast wheel of the lift dropped into the channel, causing the unit to tilt and then overturn. As it fell, Employee #1 grabbed the opposite rail and hung on until the lift struck the ground. The force of the impact made him lose his grip and his back struck against the handrails. Employee #1 suffered two fractured vertebrae, a fractured elbow, and three fractured ribs; he was hospitalized for 16 days.
Keywords: fall, vertebra, work rules, aerial lift, overturn, fracture, floor hole, struck against, construction, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300496700 Occupation Not Listed FallDist:
2 300496684 Occupation Not Listed FallDist:
3 300496692 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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