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Accident: 116662.015 - Employee Falls From Unsupported Joist, Fractures Ribs And Le

Accident: 116662.015 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 12/05/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1365760.01512/12/2018Wright Residential Construction Llc
At 3:30 p.m. on December 5, 2018, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employed by a residential construction company, were engaged in building a new two-story wood-frame single-family residence. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were in the bas ement space to set and block joists that would be the ceiling for the basement a nd the floor for the house's primary living area. Coworker #2, the Lead Carpent er, was in the basement and had just removed a ledger that was supporting five j oists that were not set on an existing top plate or other supporting structure. Coworker #2 verbally instructed Coworker #1 to avoid the five unsupported joist s. Employee #1, who was approximately 50 feet away, did not hear the instructio n. Coworker #1 left the work area to cut a joist. Coworker #2 left the work ar ea to get more hangers for the unsupported joists. Within approximately two mi nutes, Employee #1 returned to the work area and walked onto the unsupported/unb raced joists. The joists gave way, and Employee #1 fell, first becoming entangl ed in a brace during the fall and then striking the concrete surface and a timbe r slab laying on the concrete, for a total fall height of approximately 10.5 fee t. Emergency services transported Employee #1 to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for multiple fractured ribs and a fractured lower leg (fibula).
Keywords: blunt force trauma, brace, bracing, concrete, entangled, fall, fall protection, fracture, joist, leg, residential construction, rib, struck against, unsecured, wood slab
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1365760.015 23 M Hospitalized injury Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
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Cause: Exterior carpentry
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