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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201941101 Event: 04/14/1998Employee Fell 10 Feet From Second Floor And Dies
On April 14, 1998, Employee #1 was applying a second coat of joint compound with a eight-inch-wide blade to the overhead ceiling and soffit which was seven feet, eight inches, near the unprotected oval shaped second floor edge. Employee #1 fell ten feet to the concrete floor. A nine-and-one-half inch wide and four-foot-long by 18-inch-high aluminum type of horse or scaffold was found near the second-floor edge. It is believed that Employee #1 may have been standing on this horse or scaffold at the time of his fall. Employee #1 was taken to Queen's Medical Center where he remained until his death on July 16, 1998. Employee #1 had been hospitalized for an open head wound, possible skull fracture, multiple rib fractures, a fractured clavicle, and internal bleeding.
Keywords: guardrail, lanyard, fall, fall protection, scaffold
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301426748 Fatality Concussion Drywall installers

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