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Accident: 201345279 - Employee Dies After Fall From Scaffold

Accident: 201345279 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 01/11/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31402227801/12/20101799Scaffolding Rental And Erection Services, Llc
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on January 11, 2010, Employee #1 was the ranking lead carpenter for a scaffolding erection crew at the NCRA Refinery Vacuum Diesel Cooler Unit. He and his coworkers were assembling scaffolding to access two refinery valves. They erected a scaffold to the first valve. To access the second valve, the crew was erecting a hanging (cantilever) scaffold from the existing scaffold. They were using a scaffold system referred to as "Cuplock" scaffolding. The bars (horizontal pipes) had flat blades welded to each end. The bars were secured to vertical legs by sliding the blades under a locking cup, which was screwed over the top and bottom of each blade. The crew was working from the existing scaffolding to assemble a square frame, cantilever scaffold. The scaffold frame would be 6 ft by 5 ft when finished. They completed two of the four sides of the square frame. The crew began to assemble the third side. Employee #1 stood on a 6-ft bar which was supported on one end. The weld connecting the flat blade to the end of the bar failed. Employee #1 was wearing fall protection equipment but he was not tied off. He fell 27 ft to the concrete floor. Employee #1 was taken to McPherson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: erection process, valve, fall, fall protection, refinery, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Refinery Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 27 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314022278 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:27
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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