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Accident: 171009830 - Employee Injured In Fall When Ladder Moves

Accident: 171009830 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 03/05/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11995826203/10/19971629Arb Inc

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on March 5, 1997, Employee #1 was welding a staircase to access a new loft in the concrete cylinder room in the pile driving yard. He was using a Werner heavy-duty, industrial aluminum extension ladder, which he had tied to the I-beam of the loft platform, to reach the work area. At the end of work, Employee #1 untied the ladder from the I-beam. He was stepping onto the ladder from the loft platform when it slid backward and he fell approximately 5 ft onto the concrete floor. He sustained a fractured skull, a concussion, a fractured T-12 vertebrae, and a rib contusion. The ladder was neither blocked nor secured to prevent it from becoming displaced. The employer was cited for a violation of T8CCR 1675(j). No supervisor was at the site at the time of accident.

Keywords: fracture, extension ladder, unsecured, blocks, work rules, construction, welding, skull, fall, concussion
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 2 5

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 119958262 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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