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Accident: 300859675 - Employee Fractures Vertebrae In Fall From Mobile Scaffold

Accident: 300859675 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/26/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30085967510/01/20021521Ace Engineering Inc.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on August 26, 2002, Employee #1, a carpenter hired that morning from Local Hall L-944 by Ace Engineering, Inc., was using a rolling scaffold to attach a piece of cosmetic fascia to a large canopy under construction at the site of a sports complex. He was getting his pneumatic nail gun ready to drive in a nail when the scaffold moved backward and overturned. Employee #1 fell approximately 19 ft 8 in., down and across an array of concrete bleachers. He sustained compression fractures of the T-11 and T-12 vertebrae and a concussion. The four casters on the rolling scaffold were not locked.
Keywords: fracture, caster, mobile scaffold, unsecured, work rules, construction, fall, concussion, vertebra, overturn
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300859675 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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