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Accident: 201070125 - Employee Is Injured In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 201070125 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 05/15/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30703401706/20/20061711Western Fire Protection

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on May 15, 2006, Employee #1, sprinkler fitter with Western Fire Protection, was working in a four-story, wood-framed apartment building under construction. He was inspecting the fourth floor for a future sprinkler installation. The building contained a 30-inch wide trash chute that extended up to all four floors. The wood cover at the fourth floor level was not adequately secured. As the employee stepped onto the wood cover, it slipped out from under him and he fell through the chute approximately 10 feet to the floor below. He suffered a back injury and was hospitalized.

Keywords: cover, unsecured, slip, construction, back, fall, floor opening, contusion
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4 40

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307034017 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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