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Accident: 99231.015 - Painter Falls From Scaffold And Incurs Multiple Fractures

Accident: 99231.015 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 09/15/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1265678.01509/22/2017Traco, Inc.
At 12:45 p.m. on September 15, 2017, Employee #1 and coworkers, employed by a painting contractor, were working at a multiemployer construction project, an indoor gun range on a military base. They were assigned to paint the structure's interior. The employees had been using a single frame scaffold on caster wheels plus extendable spray painting wands to reach the ceiling. On this day, Employee #1 decided not to use a spray wand to reach the ceiling. Instead, he constructed a double-stacked frame scaffold. The top level of the scaffold was too close to the ceiling joists to install a guardrail around the scaffold's work platform. As he worked, Employee #1 stepped off the edge of the scaffold and fell to the concrete floor, a fall height of approximately 10 feet 9 inches. His coworkers carried him to a vehicle and transported him to the hospital. Employee #1 was admitted and treated for multiple fractures to his upper and lower legs, ankles, feet, hips, and back. The subsequent investigation determined that Employee #1 had not been wearing fall protection.
Keywords: paint, fall protection, hip, scaffold, leg, fracture, fall, painter, back, construction
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1265678.015 56 M Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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