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Accident: 201924503 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Pump Jack Scaffold

Accident: 201924503 -- Report ID: 0626700 -- Event Date: 07/22/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31195883907/25/20081761Fernando Alvarez
On July 22, 2008, two employees were installing vinyl siding on the third story of Unit B of a townhouse under construction. The two employees exited the pump jack scaffold from which they were working when a rainstorm occurred. Once the rain stopped, the two employees accessed the scaffold to resume work. Employee #1 stepped on a wet piece of vinyl siding and slipped from the scaffold platform, falling approximately 24 feet and striking his head on a construction dumpster before striking the ground. The pump jack scaffold was not equipped with guardrails, and the employees were not using personal fall arrest systems. Employee #1 was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was declared dead on July 23, 2008 at 4:00 a.m.
Keywords: fracture, head, guardrail, slip, dumpster, pump jack scaffold, fall, fall protection, concussion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 3 36 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311958839 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:24
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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