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Accident: 109218.015 - Employee Falls Through Floor Hole And Is Paralyzed

Accident: 109218.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 04/11/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1327244.01504/11/2018Torres General Inc
At 1:00 p.m. on April 11, 2018, Employee #1, a rigger employed by a construction framing company, was working at a multiemployer construction project, a seven-story multifamily residential building. He was on the fifth floor and unloading a bundle of two by four lumber. As he turned away from the load, he walked over a floor shaft hole that measured approximately 3 feet by 4 feet and that was not securely covered or labeled. The hole cover slipped, and Employee #1 fell through the hole to the concrete surface five stories below, a fall height of 50 to 60 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for massive head trauma and skull fractures. At the time of this report, Employee #1 was in a quadriplegic state and awaiting further surgeries to close skull fractures.
Keywords: paralysis, fall protection, fracture, residential construction, floor hole, fall, skull, unsecured, brain, wood erection
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition   7
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1327244.015 33 M Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause:
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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