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Accident: 170362164 - Employee'S Ankles Fractured In Fall From Scaffold Platform

Accident: 170362164 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 11/28/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11976155912/05/19941771Sequoia Construction

Employee #1 is employed by a general construction contractor that was subcontracted to do the concrete forms for the lower floor of a caretaker building for an underground vault that had been built earlier. Employee #1 was working on the falsework over a garage-like opening that was held up by two metal scaffolds. He and a coworker were on a 2 to 2 1/2 ft wide platform that was sticking out from the header. Employee #1 was using a small electric chain saw to cut a 4 in. by 4 in. opening for a steel beam. While moving to the other side to cut another opening along the narrow platform, he lost his balance and grabbed for the rebar, but it was not tied in. He fell 15 ft to the ground. Employee #1 landed on his feet and suffered two broken ankles; the left ankle was a compound fracture. The accident was caused by the work platform's lack of guardrails. The employer was cited for a serious violation of T8CCR 1644 (a)(6).

Keywords: concrete form work, fracture, guardrail, work rules, construction, fall, elevated work plat, lost balance, ankle, scaffold

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119761559 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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