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Accident: 118824.015 - Employee Is Killed In Fall Through Hole In Floor

Accident: 118824.015 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 08/09/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1422176.01508/09/2019Helix Electric
At 6:00 a.m. on August 9, 2019, Employee #1, employed by an electrical services company, was installing electrical wiring for a fire alarm system as part of the multiemployer construction of a six-story commercial building. He was working inside the mechanical room on the fifth floor when he fell through a hole in the floor that measured 90 inches by 54 inches. The employee fell to the second floor and struck the concrete surface, a fall height of 28 feet. Employee #1 sustained multiple skull fractures and brain hemorrhaging and was killed. The subsequent investigation determined that a guardrail system had been installed around the hole. However, the mid-rail had been disconnected/removed on the right side of the railing and was being held together by the nails on the left of the railing.
Keywords: skull, construction, electrical work, fall protection, installing, hemorrhage, head, guardrail, fracture, floor hole, fire ext system, equipment failure, fall, concrete, alarm, unguarded, brain
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition   6 65 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1422176.015 67 M Fatality Cut/Laceration Electricians FallDist:
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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