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Accident: 201034337 - Employees Fractures Legs And Ribs When Scissor Lift Fails

Accident: 201034337 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 09/24/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30547123709/25/20021541Crandall And Son
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on September 24, 2002, an employee was using an MEC scissor lift, Model 3068ES, Serial Number ES193, to inspect the electrical work in the ceiling of a 100,000 sq. ft. high school gymnasium that was under construction. The scissor lift was at a height of approximately 18 feet when the welds connecting the hydraulic lifting ram to the platform emitted a loud noise and failed, causing the scissor lift and platform to collapse into itself. The employee fell with the lift and was hospitalized. He suffered two fractured legs, fractured ribs, and a broken shoulder. Two metallurgy experts inspected the welds after the accident and found that they contained flaws that led to their failure.
Keywords: fracture, shoulder, collapse, construction, equipment failure, rib, fall, falling object, aerial lift, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305471237 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:4
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall from vehicle (vehicle/construction equipment)

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