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Scaffold erector dies after falling 60 feet from scaffold inside boiler - South Carolina.

Casini VJ; Pettit TA; Sniezek JS
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-08, 1998 Jul; :1-5
A 24-year-old male scaffold erector (the victim) died after falling from a 60-foot-high scaffold that had been erected inside a cogeneration boiler at a paper-manufacturing plant. The victim was one of eight workers erecting a steel-tubular scaffold inside a cogeneration boiler that was to undergo a 3-day service. The scaffold had been erected to a height of 60 feet inside the boiler. The victim and a foreman were at the top of the scaffold and had just finished erecting the sides of the final stage. The foreman instructed the victim to climb down to the next stage with him to get sufficient steel-deck flooring to finish the floor of the final stage. The foreman climbed down the scaffold members to the next stage, then heard a rush of air and turned to see the victim fall from the scaffold to the steel floor of the boiler. Plant personnel summoned the emergency medical service (EMS). Upon arrival at the scene, the EMS personnel summoned the county coroner who pronounced the victim dead a the scene. NIOSH investigators determined that, to prevent similar incidents, employers should: Provide appropriate fall protection to employees and ensure its use. Train employees in the recognition and control of fall hazards and ensure that employees understand their training. Perform a hazard evaluation at each work site before any work is initiated.
Falls; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-prevention; Scaffolds; Region-4; Fall-protection; Construction-Search
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