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Accident: 884825 - One Employee Killed, Another Injured When Scaffold Falls

Accident: 884825 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 05/02/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11116461205/02/19901542Sierra Construction Corporation
Employees #1 and #2 descended to a scaffold that was suspended by and connected to a concrete roll back forming system manufactured by Pafco, Inc. in Vancouver, WA. The scaffold was suspended by steel I-beams with a mid-section connecting point consisting of two 1/2 in. thick steel plates welded to the I-beams and bolted together with six 3/4 in. by 2 in. A325 bolts. The welds above the upper section that connected the plates failed, causing the scaffolding to fall approximately 65 ft to the ground. Employee #1 fell from the right side of the scaffold and sustained fatal injuries. Employee #2 fell between the scaffold and the building. He sustained only minor injuries. Both employees were wearing safety belts, but their lifelines were not attached.
Keywords: lifeline, unsecured, work rules, safety belt, broken weld, construction, equipment failure, fall, tie-off, scaffold
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111164612 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters
2 111164612 Fatality Fracture Carpenters

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