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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200080224 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 200080224 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 10/15/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279245410/16/19981751Eob, Inc. Of Kensington

Employee #1, a carpenter, was working on the second level of a home under construction when he apparently stepped on an unsecured 4 by 8 piece of plywood that partially covered the floor opening for the stairway. The plywood acted like a trap door and he fell 21 ft through the opening to the basement. Employee #1 landed on his feet but suffered dorsal and ventral fractures of the lower fibula; a dorsal fracture of the tibia; tears to all the ligaments between his foot and his ankle; two fractured lumbar vertebrae; and three compressed vertebrae, with accompanying ruptured disks. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT, where he underwent surgery and was put in a full body cast for his back injuries. Employee #1 had previously suffered brain damage in a non-work auto accident, and he was being observed for possible seizures.

Keywords: fracture, unsecured, carpenter, unsecured panel, work rules, construction, back, fall, floor opening, vertebra
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 3 21

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 102792454 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Installation Of Decking-Initial Laying Deck (Incl
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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