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Accident: 201067030 - Employee Injured In Fall On Roof After Electric Shock

Accident: 201067030 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 10/17/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12591753410/24/20031541Raymond Interior Systems

On October 17, 2003, Employee #1, a carpenter, was on a roof, welding metal clips along the outer edge of a four-story building. He was holding onto a wire rope guard rail with his left hand when a coworker, a welder who worked for a subcontractor, hung an electrode holder from his welding machine on the guard rail. The rope guard became energized with 27 volts and 170 amps. Employee #1 received an electric shock, which caused him to step backward into a 2 ft long by 2 ft wide by 4 in. deep hole. His foot became caught between horizontal rebar and a concrete wall, and he fell backward on the concrete roof. He sustained a fractured tibia and fibula, and a dislocated ankle. The hole was uncovered, and the general contractor and subcontractor did not recognize the danger that the hole and the rebar presented. The inner compression spring in the electrode holder was not insulated. Employee #1 was wearing cut-resistant work gloves with no fingers, allowing his bare fingers to contact the energized wire rope.

Keywords: fracture, cover, work rules, construction, elec circ part--misc, electric shock, fall, roof opening, work surface, leg
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 4 2

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125917534 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Installing metal siding
FatCause: Caught in stationary equipment

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