Employee Falls from Scaffold (KV 205)


What Happened?

At 10:30 a.m. on August 30th, 2018, an employee was installing edging tile while working on a tubular welded scaffolding. As the employee was kneeling down onto the scaffold working level he grabbed onto a midrailing that popped off of the horizontal support and locking pin mechanism. The employee lost his balance and fell 7 feet onto a concrete lanai below, striking the edge of the lanai. The employee was killed as a result of internal bleeding from his injuries.

Contributing Factors

There are no contributing factors.

What Can We Learn?


Distractions: The employee may have been distracted (could be visual, audible, or mental) causing him to lose focus on what he was doing.

Overconfidence: Did the worker overestimate his knowledge, underestimate risks, and exaggerate their ability to control events?


By following the Procedures, the employee would have ensured that he was properly tied off while performing his work.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?