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Accident: 201159258 - Employee Fractures Back In Fall From Attic To Floor

Accident: 201159258 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 02/10/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086502902/25/20041711Mark Dattelo Heating And Air Conditioning

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on February 10, 2004, Employee #1, a regular employee of Mark Dattelo's Heating and Air Conditioning, was inside the attic, near the 35-in. by 30-in. attic opening, instructing a coworker how to run a vent from the heating furnace to the roof. He had to go down and get a reducer. As Employee #1 approached the attic opening, he had one foot on the truss and the other one on a 2 by 4 wooden block. The wooden block gave way, causing Employee #1 to fall 9 ft onto the cement floor. Employee #1 fractured his back and was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where he was hospitalized for 6 days. Employee #1 was not wearing personal fall protection when he fell. The coworker was not injured. The employer is a HVAC contractor.

Keywords: attic, fracture, truss, blocks, venting, construction, back, fall, fall protection
Accident Details
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300865029 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, n.e.c.

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