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Accident: 201362746 - Employee Dies After Fall From Elevated Work Platform

Accident: 201362746 -- Report ID: 0419400 -- Event Date: 08/21/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30877208608/22/20061761Independent Roofing Systems, Inc.
On August 21, 2006, Employee #1 and a coworker were performing roofing and fascia work on a church. They were inside a 4 ft by 8 ft by 4 ft three-sided materials box that was elevated on a rented JLG SkyTrak (2006 Model Number 6042) extensible, hydraulic boom forklift. A few days earlier, the workers tested the stability of the box on the forks before its first use. They drilled holes in the floor of the box above the ends of the forks and secured the box to the forks with 0.5-in.-diameter manila ropes. On the day of the accident, they were unaware that at least one of these ropes had been removed. While they were elevated and when both workers moved to one side of the box, it tipped, and both fell from the box. Employee #1 fell to the sidewalk and suffered severe head injuries. The coworker grabbed a gutter and held on for a few seconds before also falling. Both workers were taken to Forrest General Hospital, where Employee #1 later died. The coworker was hospitalized with two fractured ankles and a fractured pelvis. Neither worker was wearing their personal fall-arrest harnesses or lanyards.
Keywords: head, hydraulic lift, boom, unsecured, industrial truck, fall, fall protection, concussion, elevated work plat, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308772086 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:23
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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