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Accident: 14295471 - Employee Fractures Leg In Fall From Balcony

Accident: 14295471 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 03/31/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1486244504/01/19861711Grosvenor Plumbing & Heating Inc.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on March 31, 1986, Employee #1 was outside the safety railing on the fifth-floor balcony of the Grosvenor House building, which was under construction. Employee #2 was near the edge of the third-floor balcony, 17 ft above the ground; the third- floor balcony did not have a safety railing on its open side. A coworker was standing on the ground passing 20 ft lengths of 1 1/4 in. copper pipe to Employee #2 who, in turn, passed the pipe to Employee #1. While the second piece of pipe was being passed, Employee #1 lost his balance and fell 35 ft to the ground. On the way down, his leg struck Employee #2 on the neck and shoulder. Employee #1 fractured his neck. The extent of injuries sustained by Employee #2 was not available at this writing. No ppe was in use at the time of the accident.

Keywords: fracture, guardrail, ppe, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, neck, struck by, lost balance

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14862445 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
2 14862445 Hospitalized injury Fracture Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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