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Accident: 202466074 - Employee Injured In Fall What Scaffold Rail Gives Way

Accident: 202466074 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 12/12/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31019971612/21/20071721Dennis Shaffer Painting Inc
At approximately 10:19 a.m. on December 12, 2007, Employee #1, a painter, was painting the walls on the north side of a two-story home. He climbed to the third level of a scaffold to prep a section of the wall. As he climbed down and leaned against the back rail, it gave way and he fell over 20 ft to the grass lawn. Employee #1 was transported by Hall Ambulance to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA. Employee #1 later stated that a connector hook on the back railing was disconnected from a scaffold upright, which would have weakened the supporting capacity of the railing. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was working with or near a coworker and his immediate supervisor. Subsequent investigation concluded that the supervisor did not perform a thorough survey of the site to assess the hazards and take appropriate action. The employer was cited for a violation of Construction Safety Order 1511(b).
Keywords: attachment hook, guardrail, unsecured, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, painter, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 21
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310199716 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:21
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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