Health, Safety, Security and Environment

Worker dies after falling from scaffold

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Case report: #OR 01-12-2015
Issued by: Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program
Date of incident: July 1, 2015

A 46-year-old owner of a residential siding company died from injuries sustained from a 20- to 25-foot fall onto a concrete slab. On the day of the incident, a subcontractor was installing siding in a breezeway. To work around concrete stairs and other structures, workers used only one pump jack pole or-face-investigation-report_construction-worker-died-after-falling-from-pump-jack-scaffold-platform_or-2015-12-2-2and the stair landing to support the other end of the platform. To raise the platform above landing height, the workers placed a stepladder on the landing and raised the pump jack pole on the other side. The victim was attempting to use a second stepladder placed on top of the scaffold platform when he fell. He died the next day.

To prevent future occurrences:

To help prevent similar occurrences:

  • Evaluate site-specific conditions to determine the most appropriate means of safely accessing the work area.
  • Require and ensure the use of fall protection.
  • Establish a program that includes provisions for qualified persons to conduct regular and frequent inspections.
  • Develop a site-specific safety plan that addresses conditions that may affect safety or safety equipment.
  • Encourage workers to voice concerns about unsafe conditions.
  • Don’t take shortcuts.


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