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Accident: 200850915 - Employee Killed In Fall From Suspension Scaffold

Accident: 200850915 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 08/14/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30062188508/16/19991799M & A General Construction, Inc.
Employee #1 and a coworker were on a 15 ft long two-point suspension scaffold, pressure-washing the exterior brick walls of a newly constructed six-story, 22-unit apartment building. The metal scaffold platform was more than 60 ft above the ground was suspended by manila ropes. Two independent safety lines were provided. Although both workers were wearing safety harnesses with lanyards, only the coworker was attached to his safety line. A scaffold suspension rope broke, causing one end of the scaffold to fall. The coworker was saved by his harness but Employee #1 fell to the ground and was killed.
Keywords: rope, work rules, cleaning, construction, equipment failure, two pt susp scaffold, fall, fall protection, elevated work plat, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 6 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300621885 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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