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Accident: 200901940 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Scaffold

Accident: 200901940 -- Report ID: 0418400 -- Event Date: 01/16/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30741359101/17/20071721Spensieri Painting Co., Inc.
Employee #1 was spray painting the side walls in bay Number 5 of a structure that covered the dry dock. Employee #1 was working from a Catenary scaffold ("pick board scaffold") at a height of approximately 55 ft. This was Employee #1's first day on the job and he had not received fall protection training from the employer before going to work. The employer did provide personal fall arrest equipment to Employee #1 (full body harness & double lanyard), but did provide him instruction on what to utilize as a tie-off point. Employee #1 did not have his lanyard connected at the time of his fall, as there was no indication of roll-out or elongation of the lanyard. Employee #1 struck several steel beams during his fall and died from multiple blunt force trauma received during the fall. The death certificate also indicated that a secondary cause for the employee's death was coronary heart disease. Employee #1 had not been medically evaluated to determine his fitness to utilize respiratory equipment required for work.
Keywords: steel beam, struck against, fall, fall protection, concussion, tie-off, untrained, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $500,000 to $1,000,000 120 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307413591 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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