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Accident: 108650.015 - Employee Fractures Vertebrae In Fall From Extension Ladder

Accident: 108650.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/09/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1342225.01508/21/2018Hess Contracting Inc
At 2:00 p.m. on August 9, 2018, Employee #1, a Laborer, was removing hangers from a beam within a single family home remodel in San Diego, CA. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 setup an extension ladder to continue removing the hangers. While using a pry tool, he stood approximately four feet above the cement slab. As Employee #1 leaned left to reach another hanger, the ladder slipped to the side. As a result, Employee #1 then lost his balance, fell from the ladder, and landed on his back on top of a power strip on the ground beneath the ladder. Employee #1 was transported by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to the hospital and suffered a fractured vertebrae. Afterwards, he was then hospitalized for more than 24 hours.
Keywords: slip, fracture, residential construction, lost balance, ladder, extension ladder, leaning over, beam, demolition, fall, back, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1342225.015 63 M Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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