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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $750
Current Penalty $750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $750
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19260451 F03 10/09/1997 10/15/1997 $750 $750 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19260452 C02 10/09/1997 10/15/1997 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201520178 Event: 08/25/1997Two Employees Injured When Struck By Falling Scaffold
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on August 25, 1997, Employees #1 and #2 were working for H. Louis Bothwell, Inc., a mason contractor, at a residential construction site in New Canaan, CT. They were removing a fieldstone veneer on a foundation adjacent to a tubular welded-frame scaffold, one section high, that was loaded with approximately 25 to 30 concrete blocks. When it started to rain, a coworker began to cover the blocks with a plastic tarp. He was stepping on one of the cross-braces when it disengaged. This removed any lateral support because the brace was not attached on the opposite side of the unit. The scaffold collapsed, striking the two employees dismantling the foundation veneer. Employee #1, the owner's son, fractured his 11th and 12th thoracic vertebrae, resulting in paralysis. Employee #2 suffered a head laceration and a bruised leg. The coworker indicated to the police officer that he had hooked the brace back on but did not remember if he again started climbing the scaffold before it collapsed. There was one broken plank among the debris.
Keywords: fracture, head, paralysis, unsecured, work rules, construction, scaffold collapse, struck by, vertebra, tubular scaffold
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123171340 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Brickmasons and stonemasons
2 123171340 Hospitalized injury Fracture Brickmasons and stonemasons

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