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Accident: 112508.015 - Employee Falls From Ladder, Fractures Ribs And Lower Spine

Accident: 112508.015 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 08/09/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1341831.01508/22/2018Helix Electric Inc
At 7:45 a.m. on August 9, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by an elect rical services company, were working at the rehabilitation of a three-story comm ercial building, a multi-employer construction project. They were installing ov erhead electrical conduit in the building's mechanical room. Both employees wer e working on overhead ductwork at a height of 17 feet one inch from the top of t he duct to the ground. They were using an extension ladder to access the ductwo rk. As the coworker performed work, Employee #1 assisted by getting tools, equi pment, and other items for the task. From his position on top of the duct, Empl oyee #1 attempted to descend the nearby extension ladder to obtain additional wo rk materials. As he started to transition from the top of the duct to the ladde r, he lost his balance and fell. He fell onto the mechanical unit and then cont inued falling, striking the concrete floor. Emergency services transported Empl oyee #1 to the hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of multiple fractur ed ribs and a lumbar (lower spine) vertebral fracture.
Keywords: back, construction, descending, duct, extension ladder, fall, fracture, installing, lost balance, material handling, rehabilitation, rib, spine, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation   2 19
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1341831.015 42 M Hospitalized injury Electricians FallDist: 17

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