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Accident: 201116167 - Employee Suffers Fracture When Scissor Lift Tips Over

Accident: 201116167 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 06/21/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12031756508/26/20031711R & R Fire Protection
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on June 21, 2003, Employee #1 was putting 20-ft long, 3-in.-diameter steel sprinkler pipes on 30-ft high rafters by using a rented GROVE DUA 73, SM 3269 scissor lift. Coworkers were operating other scissor lifts and heard Employee #1 scream. They turned around and saw Employee #1 approximately 30 ft high, operating the scissors lift. The scissor lift started tilting and tipped over, and the platform hit the ground. When the platform hit the ground, Employee #1 was ejected from the platform. This accident was caused by a missing or broken cotter pin, to hold the nut and the wheel in place, which caused the whole left front wheel to come off. Employee #1 suffered a fractured left ankle and was hospitalized.
Keywords: wheel, fracture, steel tube, cotter pin, equipment failure, fall, aerial lift, ankle, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Other Under $50,000 1 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120317565 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)

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