FATALITY ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL EVALUATION (FACE) PROGRAM
Municipal Lead Custodian Dies in Fall from Mobile Scaffolding
Massachusetts Case Report: 11MA008
Release Date: January 23, 2012
On March 27, 2011 a 69-year-old male municipal custodian (victim) was fatally injured while painting an interior section of a school lobby. The victim went to the school alone early on a Sunday morning to finish painting the lobby area that was previously started. Although the incident was un-witnessed, it appears that the victim was on mobile scaffolding when he fell from the scaffolding landing on the lobby floor. The victim was found by a co-worker later that same day when the co-worker had opened the school to let in two cooks for a fundraiser event that was going to take place that afternoon. The co-worker immediately placed a call for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Within minutes EMS and the local police arrived at the incident location and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.