Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Alberta: Worker suffers fatal injury while climbing scaffolding

OHS Canada
An Alberta worker has died after falling approximately eight feet from scaffolding while working on a house under construction.

At about 3:15 pm on September 11, two workers were installing tube and clamp scaffolding as part of external work on a new house under construction in Calgary when the worker fell, says Barrie Harrison, spokesman for Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry (AEII). When paramedics arrived on the scene, says a statement from Calgary Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the worker was unconscious. The worker required aggressive advanced life support and was transported to Foothills Hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, the statement says, and later pronounced deceased.

“[The worker] tried to climb from a 2.3-metre tall section of scaffolding to a 3.2-metre section when he fell, struck a crossbar and landed on the ground,” Harrison reports. “All we know at this point is that the distance of the fall was between 2.3 and 3.2 metres.”


Anonymous said...

i reckon most injuries occur at short heights, seems like that for me anyway. thats when you are less careful or something maybe? sad, my sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Anonymous said...

85% of scaffold fatalities happen 3 ms or lower. Reason being when you fall that short of distance the first thing you hit when falling forward is your head. Generally, 10' and greater you have a chance of spin full 360 end over end, thus striking your head. Yes complacency happens closer to the ground.
Union Scaffolder Local 1325.
Edmonton , AB

Anonymous said...

100 % tie off over 6 feet is mandatory, although I have often seen individuals not tied off at 40 feet on union sites.

John said...

The accident was really a tragic one which left the worker dead. But given the nature of a construction site, accidents are sadly not uncommon. Construction site accidents range from collapsed scaffolding and ladders to electrocution, faulty flooring or ceilings, falling objects, forklift accidents and defective equipment. However, there are laws in place regarding the safety of construction sites. If you've been injured in a construction accident, you may have a viable lawsuit and may want to consider a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in construction accident cases. If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled or already receiving workers' compensation. Still, wherever you are in the process, it can only help you to talk to a lawyer with experience in this type of law. . For more information visit Workplace Accidents .

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Tim Hortons said...

The scaffolding accidents that mostly happen are none union mean the was not enough training provided to the individual from the company that employed him; prolly was say 8hrs course and was certified. Scaffolding training for 3 weeks needs to mandatory.