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Accident: 110468.015 - Employee Incurs Multiple Injuries In Fall From Crawl Space

Accident: 110468.015 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 10/22/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1356476.01510/29/2018Air Control Systems, Inc.
At 11:00 a.m. on October 22, 2018, Employee #1, a project manager/supervisor, an d three coworkers, all employed by a commercial HVAC company, were engaged in re pair work at a three-story commercial building. Employee #1 was instructing his coworkers in how to correct HVAC system issues. They were in a crawlspace/acce ss area between the roof and the top floor, which they had accessed from a roof opening. The area was not well lit. Employee #1 stepped on a closed hatch, whi ch collapsed. Employee #1 fell through the hatch, struck wood shelving as he fe ll, and landed on the floor of a supply closet, a fall height of approximately 8 feet. Emergency services transported Employee #1 to the hospital, where he was admitted and treated for injuries that included a fractured spine, fractured ri b, and concussion.
Keywords: access/egress, concussion, construction, crawl space, fall, fall protection, fracture, hvac, hatch, lighting, repair, rib, roof, spine, struck against, structural collapse, unsecured
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair   8
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1356476.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Heating, air conditioning, and refrig. mechanics FallDist: 8
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)

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