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Accident: 75154.015 - Employee Falls From Ladder And Is Killed

Accident: 75154.015 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 03/20/2015
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1048135.01503/20/2015Scott Goehring
At 2:02 p.m. on March 20, 2015, Employee #1 was painting the exterior metal rail balcony on the fourth level of the complex condo building. According to the su pervisor, Employee #1 started working around 11:30 a.m. Around 2:00 p.m. the te nant of unit 3A on the fourth level was not home; therefore the employee could n ot walk through the apartment to access the balcony. Their solution was to use a ladder to climb over the open stairway railing, located along the center west o f the building on the third floor, and onto the balcony on the fourth floor. A coworker used the A-frame ladder, which was used as a step-ladder and was set on the open stairway on the third floor, to access the balcony on the third floor. Employee #1 and the supervisor used the same ladder to access the balcony on t he fourth floor. Shortly after that, Employee #1 climbed over the balcony rails on the fourth floor back to the ladder on the third floor. Employee #1 had a buc ket of paint in his right hand as he climbed. At one point, Employee #1 had one foot on the ladder and one foot on the stair railing. Employee #1 lost his balan ce and fell about 26 feet to concrete walkway below. The coworker was watching f rom the third level balcony, and tried to catch Employee #1 from the balcony on the third floor but it was too far for him. . Employee #1 was pronounced death a t the scene shortly after his fall. No fall protection was provided to employee s while climbing from the fourth level balcony.
Keywords: fall, fall protection, ladder, lost balance, painter
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 4 40 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1048135.015 45 M Fatality Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist: 27
Cause: Exterior painting

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