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Accident: 115125.015 - Two Employees Are Injured When Stairs Collapse

Accident: 115125.015 -- Report ID: 0523300 -- Event Date: 02/22/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1381215.01502/27/2019Merit Contractors, Llc

At 12:30 p.m. on February 22, 2019, Employee #1, the carpentry foreman, and Empl oyee #2, the project superintendent, employed by a construction company, were co nducting a walk-through of a new two-story residential structure to evaluate pro gress on the interior construction work. They were descending a set of temporar y stairs from the upper level to the first floor when the stairs collapsed. Bot h employees fell, a fall height of approximately 15 feet, and struck the basemen t surface. Emergency services transported the employees to the hospital. Emplo yee #1 was admitted for treatment of traumatic head injuries, including a concus sion and facial nerve damage. Employee #2 was treated for a fractured wrist and released without hospitalization.

Keywords: blunt force trauma, carpenter, concussion, face, fall, fall protection, fracture, head, inspecting, nerve damage, residential construction, stair, structural collapse, wrist
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   2 15

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1381215.015 M Non Hospitalized injury Construction/Building Inspector FallDist: 15
Cause: Interior carpentry
2 1381215.015 53 M Hospitalized injury Construction/Building Inspector FallDist: 15
Cause: Interior carpentry

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