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Accident: 202500559 - Two Employees Are Injured When Scaffold Topples Over

Accident: 202500559 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 09/10/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31363732409/10/20091721Bay Country Painters, Inc.
On September 10, 2009, Employee #1 and #2 were painting while working from a mobile scaffold. The scaffold was 30-in. wide by 70 to 75-in. long, and was 11 ft 4 in. high. One employee was using a spray gun. The other employee spread the excess paint around using a backroller. As Employees #1 and #2 painted, the foreman moved the scaffold along the base of the wall as the work progressed. While the scaffold was being moved, its wheels encountered a Number 12 power cord. When the foreman pulled the scaffold over the cord, the scaffold leaned away from the wall then toppled over. Employees #1 and #2 were ejected onto the concrete floor. Employee # 1 sustained a fractured skull and a fractured elbow. Employee # 2 sustained a fractured L-1 vertebra. They were both hospitalized for treatment of their injuries.
Keywords: fracture, paint, skull, fall, elbow, painter, vertebra, overturn, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 23
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313637324 Hospitalized injury Concussion Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:11
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold
2 313637324 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:11
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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