Date: April 1, 2009 @ 2:15 PM
Description of Incident: An Ironworker while installing a diagonal cross member of iron was thrown from his Skyjack scissor lift (Model #3226) when the lift he was working from was blown over by a strong gust of wind. The work location was 32′ high with the lift height at approximately 25 high (full extension is 26′). The incident occurred just as the Ironworker was going to install his initial bolt connections at the work location. At that moment, according to all witnesses and the post incident investigation, a strong gust of wind came through knocking over the lift. The Ironworker was thrown over the lift’s backside guardrail and fell along side the lift with both the Ironworker and lift striking a grouted masonry wall 15′ below the work location.
Injuries: Broken Ribs (3), deflated lung, elbow lacerations, liver contusion – (LOST TIME). The employee was released from the hospital on April 3, 2009.