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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 supervisor, Employee #1 started working around 11:30 a.m. Around 2:00 p.m. the tenant of unit 3A on the fourth level was not home; therefore the employee could not 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 of 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 the 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 bucket 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 balance and fell about 26 feet to concrete walkway below. The coworker was watching from 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 at the scene shortly after his fall. No fall protection was provided to employees while climbing from the fourth level balcony.
Keywords: painter, fall protection, ladder, lost balance, fall
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 Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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