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Accident: 200824241 - Employee Is Injured When Scissor Left Failed And Dropped

Accident: 200824241 -- Report ID: 0521400 -- Event Date: 06/10/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31272661506/10/20091731Am-Pm Electric Inc.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on June 10, 2009, an employee was working in the aerial lift that was fully extended at approximately 25 to 26 feet running electrical wires at the ceiling of a commercial building. The scissors unit was designed with a mechanical flaw. The piston arm of the actuating unit was screwed into the frame of the scissors lift with a bolt a nut and attachment. However, the bolt and nut configuration was not designed to accept a cotter pin. After a period of operation, the nut would came loose from the bolt and the bolt separated from the frame causing a failure where the basket of the aerial lift fell from height extension and injuring the employee. The company that the employee worked for had not safety program and thus there was not training on the safe operation of the scissors lift nor was he trained on how to inspect the scissors lift. Personal protective equipment was not an issue in this particular incident.
Keywords: fall, aerial lift
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312726615 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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