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Accident: 86747.015 - Painter Dies After Falling From Scaffold

Accident: 86747.015 -- Report ID: 0522500 -- Event Date: 07/14/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1162113.01507/15/2016Erb Painting & Decorating
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on July 14, 2016, a 53-year-old male employee was working for a firm of painting and wall covering contractors. He was painting the exterior of dormers at a residential home. He was on a scaffold. After he completed his task, he lowered two scaffold planks to the ground. At that time he began to feel dizzy. He fell approximately 4.5 meters (15 feet) from a planked section of the scaffold to the ground below. He sustained blunt force trauma of the torso. He was taken to a hospital. He died the following day as a result of the multiple injuries that he sustained in the incident. His injuries included fractures of the sternum and ribs; lacerations of the liver and pancreas; contusions and severe edema of the lungs; and scattered abrasions over left chest, left elbow, left knee, and left cheek.
Keywords: painter, lost balance, liver, laceration, knee, face, elbow, fall, dizziness, dislocated, scaffold, construction, chest, torso, abrasion, rib, pulmonary edema
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 16 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1162113.015 53 M Fatality Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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