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Accident: 143021.015 - Employee Fractures Calcaneus And Vertebra In Fall From Ladde

Accident: 143021.015 -- Report ID: 0152300 -- Event Date: 11/23/2021
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1573949.01512/02/2021Sanford School Department

At 10:00 a.m. on November 23, 2021, Employee #1 and a coworker were removing tas k/work lights from the second floor of a mock 2-story house structure being buil t by Building Trades students. Employee #1 was descending a 24-foot extension la dder, placing his foot on the rung just above the 2nd floor. When he placed his weight on the ladder, the bottom kicked out causing the ladder to fall to the co ncrete floor below. Employee #1 was able to grab the structure edge with his fin gertips, stopping his fall but was unable to hold on and fell on the ladder and concrete floor below. Employee #1 was injured and sustained a fractured left cal caneus and fractured lumbar vertebra (L1). The ladder was not tied off at the bo ttom or top and at the time of the inspection there was sawdust on floor near th e feet of the ladder. The employee was treated without hospitalization.

Keywords: back, descending ladder, fall, foot, fracture, ladder, tie-off, vertebra

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1573949.015 52 M Non Hospitalized injury Trade and industrial teachers

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