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Accident: 200200822 - Employee Injured In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 200200822 -- Report ID: 0418200 -- Event Date: 06/02/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30255813506/11/19991799Construction Clean-Up Specialists Inc.

Employee #1 was using a 40 ft extension ladder to wash windows on the third floor of a building. When he finished a window, he would climb from the ladder through the window and into the building to reposition the ladder to the next window. Employee #1 would move the top portion of the ladder and a coworker on the ground would move the bottom portion. At one point, Employee #1 extended the ladder 2 ft and thought it was locked into position. When he climbed out of the window onto the ladder, the ladder started to ratchet down. It then twisted and overturned, causing Employee #1 to fall approximately 30 ft onto the concrete surface. He sustained injuries that required hospitalization.

Keywords: window washer, extension ladder, unsecured, ladder, construction, fall, overturn
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 3 30

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302558135 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:40
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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