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Accident: 201152568 - Employee Suffers Head And Back Injuries In Fall

Accident: 201152568 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 06/04/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12589955910/06/19991799Janus Corporation
On July 4, 1999, Employee #1 was part of an asbestos-removal crew working to remove asbestos from the interior of a church. Employee #1 and a coworker disassembled the top (third) section of a mobile scaffold and placed the removed section on top of the scaffold planks on the second level. They moved the scaffold to another location. When Employee #1 climbed back up the scaffold, he grabbed the third level brace that was sitting on top of the scaffold. The unsecured section of the scaffold slid toward Employee #1 and he lost his balance and fell from the side of the tower. Employee #1 was not trained on the erection and dismantling of the scaffold, and the erection and dismantling of the scaffold was not performed under the supervision and direction of a qualified person. Employee #1 sustained a head injury and was transported to the hospital and admitted into the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of a "closed head injury".
Keywords: head, dismantling, unsecured, construction, asbestos removal, brace, fall, lost balance, untrained, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125899559 Hospitalized injury Other Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:11
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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