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Accident: 202341954 - Employee Killed In Fall When Scaffold Collapses In Wind

Accident: 202341954 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 01/30/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31173163201/30/20081771Bell Tower Enterprise Corp.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2008, Employee #1, a stucco installer, was on the top level of a 16 ft wide by 18 ft high tubular scaffold. It was positioned on the thirteenth floor roof level, 146 ft 9-1/4 in. above the ground. He was scoring the styrofoam base for the stucco when a high gust of wind caused the scaffold to collapse. Employee #1 fell approximately 140 ft to the third floor roof level. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The scaffold was found to be improperly anchored.
Keywords: high wind, collapse, unsecured, work rules, construction, scaffold collapse, bolt, fall, bracing, tubular scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 13 146 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311731632 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:164
Cause: Exterior cladding
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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