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Accident: 201118163 - Employee Falls From Scissor Lift And Is Injured

Accident: 201118163 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 06/14/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12606461706/30/20041761Can Lines, Inc.
On June 14, 2004, Employee #1, a journey man millwright, was assigned hot work removing steel plates on a 20-ft high steel column during the demolition and removal of a production, which involves conveyors. The foreman had met with the crew and warned the employees that there were uncovered drain holes throughout the work area and to be careful. Employee #1 had a "fire watch" standing nearby. Employee #1 went inside a scissor lift and moved it into position. As Employee #1 was going up to a height of approximately 10-ft to 12-ft, the scissor lift started shaking and when he got to the 16-ft level, the lift toppled over on its side. Employee #1 was not using a harness and fell out of the basket. Employee #1 suffered fractures. Employee #1 apparently placed the scissor lift either very close to the uncovered drain hole (measuring approximately 11.5 in. in diameter) or placed the wheels so close that when he moved to adjust the lift the wheel fell into the hole. Employee #1 was hospitalized for 10 days and required surgery.
Keywords: fracture, floor hole, fall, aerial lift, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126064617 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:16
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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