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Accident: 202493755 - Foreman Is Injured In Fall While Dismantling Scaffold

Accident: 202493755 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 07/13/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31651806708/30/20121611Aj Vasconi Inc
On July 13, 2012, Employee #1, a labor foreman for AJ Vasconi, Inc., was working at a bridge construction project in Smartsville, CA. He was disassembling the form scaffold on a pier wall by removing nails from the planking and scaffold jack system. After lowering one of the 2 foot by 12 foot planks, Employee #1 stepped back onto the other plank that was cantilevered over the bracket. This second plank, which had been previously secured by nails, teetered over, causing Employee #1 to lose his footing. Employee #1 fell approximately 13 feet to the ground below. He required hospitalization for a ruptured intestine and an elbow laceration. Employee #1 was trained and experienced in the erection and dismantling of the scaffold system in use. However, the scaffold had been erected by a coworker, who was trained as a "bridge carpenter" by the union hall. According to the employer, a general engineering contractor, such training should have included the use of similar types of formwork/false work scaffolding. The employer stated the company had not trained the coworker on the company's erection procedures prior to the accident.
Keywords: abdomen, dismantling, construction, rupture, fall, fall protection, elbow, lost balance, untrained, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 13
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316518067 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec FallDist:
Cause: Forming for piers or pylons
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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