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Accident: 119365.015 - Employee Fractures Pelvis And Ribs In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 119365.015 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 03/13/2019
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1385905.01503/18/2019Contra Costa County Public Works Department
At 11:20 a.m. on March 13, 2019, an employee, an Electronic Systems Specialist, was completing a work order for the service and inspection of several smoke dete ctors that were malfunctioning with the use of a 12-foot Louisville aluminum A-f rame step ladder and an Up-right 24-foot Airlift telescopic work platform. The e mployee and a coworker moved the Airlift telescopic work platform into position and realized that they would not be able to extend the platform all the way up d o to the configuration of smoke detector in the room. In an effort to complete t he assignment, the employee placed the ladder on top of the Airlift platform in the closed position leaning it against the wall to attempt to reach the work loc ation. As the employee ascended the ladder holding the replacement smoke detecto r in one hand, he realized that he was still not going to be able to reach the c eiling. As the employee started to descend the ladder, it began to slide causing him to lose his balance and fall approximately 20 feet to the ground. The emplo yee was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for a fractu red pelvis and six fractured ribs.
Keywords: climbing on ladder, elevated work platform, fall, fracture, lost balance, pelvis, rib
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1385905.015 61 M Hospitalized injury Electrical and electronic technicians

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