Worker With Company With Prior Safety Violations Injured in Fall

A scaffolding company that employed a worker injured in a fall at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this morning has a record of safety violations, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations.

The worker, an employee of Nor-Cal Scaffolding of San Leandro, fell at about 10 a.m. in an elevator shaft of the museum at 151 Third St.

The museum was not open at the time but is being renovated.

Nor-Cal spokesman Sam Singer said the worker suffered a broken leg. A state Department of Industrial Relations spokeswoman said the worker’s injuries were more serious, including two broken legs and a broken pelvis.

The man is receiving treatment at San Francisco General Hospital, according to Singer.

Singer said the worker fell about 20 feet, and Cal OSHA Spokeswoman Paola Laverde said the worker fell one floor.

Laverde said the worker was erecting scaffolding, which collapsed inside the elevator shaft and struck the worker.

The company is working with Cal OSHA to determine what caused the fall. Cal OSHA has six months to complete the investigation.

Cal OSHA cited Nor-Cal Scaffolding in 2013 for a serious violation that left an employee with a fractured right hip, according to the agency’s website. The website also shows that Cal OSHA cited the company for at least one other safety violation between 2009 and 2015.

A serious violation can result in a $25,000 fine.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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