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Accident: 68773.015 - Two Employees Falls From Suspended Scaffold And Is Killed

Accident: 68773.015 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 10/24/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1004853.01510/24/2014V & T Painting, Llc.
At approximately 6:45 p.m. on October 24, 2014, two employees were painting the support legs of a water tower from a two point suspended scaffold system. The em ployees had blasted the existing paint off of two legs of the Oxford tower prior to breaking for lunch. The employees were utilizing a caged fixed ladder, Spide r brand single point suspension scaffolds and two-point suspension scaffolds to access the water tower. After lunch both employees took the two point's suspende d scaffold from the ground to just under the tank, approximately 93 feet in the air. As they were descending they were spraying the two legs of the tower with p aint. At about 70 feet from the ground, one of the two electric hoist motors mal functioned, causing the scaffold to plummet to the ground. Both employees suffer ed trauma to head and both were killed.
Keywords: fall, painter, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 123 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1004853.015 41 M Fatality Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist: 70
Cause: Waterproofing
2 1004853.015 25 M Fatality Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist: 70
Cause: Waterproofing

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