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Accident: 101227.015 - Employee Falls From Roof Of Barn Under Construction And Frac

Accident: 101227.015 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 06/30/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1245428.01507/07/2017Earthtone Construction Inc.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 30, 2017, Employee #1 was working on a new c onstruction project that was located on a large property on top of a hill in the outskirts of a town. The general contractor was constructing a new residential home and other buildings such as a barn. He and two coworkers, all carpenters, w ere erecting the frame of a new barn. The carpenter crew were setting rafters, p urlins and outriggers for the roof assembly of a single story building. The heig ht of the building at the lowest top plate was 14 feet and 16 feet at the ridge. The crew had moved on to set the rafters, purlins and outriggers for the roof a ssembly of the building. All the outriggers had been set in place but had not be en secured because they were not aligning correctly. Using extension ladders to reach the top plate and ridge of the building, the crew began aligning the outri ggers near the gable end of the building. It was at this point that Employee #1 climbed on top of the top plate of the gable to run a line to align the outrigge rs. While standing on the top plate, he stepped onto one of the unsecured outrig gers, which caused it to dislodge from its grove and fall. Employee #1 lost his balance and fell to the ground along with the outrigger. The unsecured outrigger that he stepped on was the first left outrigger from the ridged approximately 4 ft away. The height of his fall was approximately 15.5 ft. Had the outrigger be en secured in placed when it was set, it would not had dislodged from its grove and he would had not lost his balance and fell. The crew could have installed sc affold or used other methods of fall protection prior to working at those height s. Employee #1 sustained a fracture to his right ankle in the fall. He was trans ported to a memorial hospital, where he had surgery to repair the ankle fracture and stayed in the hospital for more than nine consecutive days.

Keywords: ankle, building, carpenter, construction, fall, fall protection, fracture, installing
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition   2 24

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1245428.015 33 M Hospitalized injury Carpenters FallDist: 16
Cause: Exterior carpentry

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