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Fatal scaffolding collapse

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Two Indiana construction workers fell 40 feet to the ground when the scaffold they were working on collapsed. The scaffold had a loose pin holding in one of the members of the scaffold and when the workers went to repair the scaffold, their weight caused the scaffold to collapse.

One worker survived the fall suffering chest and head injuries; the other workers suffered fatal injuries.

Federal regulations govern the construction, maintenance, and inspection of scaffolds. One of the regulations requires that the scaffold be constructed so as to support its intended loads. The weight of these workers is clearly a load which was intended for this scaffold.

The scaffold must be periodically by competent persons as well. This is intended to assure that the sacffold and its compenents are in proper condition.