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Accident: 200881324 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Stairway Opening

Accident: 200881324 -- Report ID: 0215800 -- Event Date: 06/24/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31074958507/13/20071751L Herring & H Herring Dba H&H General Construction

On June 24, 2007, Employee #1 and two coworkers were installing the prefabricated exterior wall sections on the second-floor deck of a new, single-family house under construction. There was a wall section that had windows cut into it that was lying across the deck, partially covering the second-floor stairway opening. There were no stairs in place from the first floor to the second floor, and there were no railings around the floor opening. One of the workers was dragging a section of wall over the piece lying on the deck when the piece being moved became wedged. Employee #1 came over, picked up the stuck section, and helped the worker carry it. While moving that the piece of wall, Employee #1 stepped into the window opening of the wall section that was lying over the floor opening. He fell approximately 15 ft through the window opening and past the first floor deck, and landing almost halfway down the stairs from the first floor to the basemen. Employee #1 suffered rib fractures and a collapsed lung, along with contusions and sprains.

Keywords: fracture, cover, work rules, construction, stair landing, rib, fall, fall protection, floor opening, work surface
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310749585 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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