|Accident Type:||Fall from Elevation|
|Weather Conditions:||Cool, Clear|
|Type of Operation:||Exterior Renovation|
|Size of Work Crew:||2|
|Competent Safety Monitor on Site:||Yes|
|Safety and Health Program in Effect:||Yes|
|Was the Work site Inspected Regularly:||Yes|
|Training and Education Provided:||No|
|Employee Job Title:||Laborer|
|Age & Sex:||22-Male|
|Experience at this Type of Work:||2 Days|
|Time on Project:||2 Hours|
Two laborers were working on a motorized two-point suspension scaffold 70 feet above ground level without safety belts, lanyards, or lifelines. Three wire rope clips forming an "eye'" for connecting the wire rope to the C. hook failed and that end of the scaffold came down. One employee fell to the ground, and the second employee at the other end was catapulted through an open window where he was pulled to safety by office workers. Two of the rope clips were still attached to the end of the rope after the accident. The inside tread of the third clip, which fell, was found to be stripped.
As result of the its investigation, OSHA issued citations for four alleged repeat violations of its construction standards.
OSHA's construction safety standards include several requirements which, if they had been followed here, might have prevented this fatality.
NOTE: The case here described was selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is now closed.
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