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Accident: 201186871 - Two Painters Injured In Fall When Scaffold Rope Breaks

Accident: 201186871 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 07/18/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31269602407/18/20131721Chris Dobkins
On July 18, 2013, Employees #1 and #2, and Coworker #1, all painters employed by a painting contractor, were painting the exterior of a residential building. Employees #1 and #2 were working from a two-point suspended scaffold approximately 26 feet above the ground. The scaffolding rope on the left side broke. Both employees fell to the ground. Coworker #1 witnessed their falls. Emergency medical services were called, and Employees #1 and #2 were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Both were admitted. Employee #1 was treated for a concussion. Employee #2 was treated for multiple unspecified fractures. The San Francisco Fire Department reported this incident to Cal/OSHA at 10:56 a.m. on July 18, 2013. The subsequent investigation resulted in the issuance to the employer of numerous general and serious citations and one serious accident-related citation.
Keywords: fracture, collapse, rope, construction, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, concussion, painter, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Other Under $50,000 3
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312696024 Hospitalized injury Concussion Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:26
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold
2 312696024 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:26
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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