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Accident: 131257.015 - Supervisor Demonstrating Task From Ladder Falls And Is Kille

Accident: 131257.015 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 11/17/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1503490.01511/21/2020Plumcore Inc.
At 8:45 a.m. on November 17, 2020, Employee #1 and a coworker, employed by an HV AC company, were working at a corrections center. They were upgrading the bolts on the metal panels that cover the ventilation duct system throughout the facil ity. The coworker had been working from an 8-foot A-frame ladder when Employee #1, who was the supervisor, had the coworker climb down and reposition the ladde r. Employee #1 then climbed to the fifth step to show the coworker how to prope rly drill the hole and apply pressure on the drill. During this demonstration, Employee #1 lost balance and, as the ladder began to slide out from under him, h e fell to the concrete floor, a fall height of 5 feet. Employee #1 sustained bl unt force traumatic injuries to his head, back, and sternum, and was killed.
Keywords: back, blunt force trauma, concrete, construction, drill operator, fall, fall protection, hvac, head, lost balance, maintenance, slid, stepladder, teacher
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation   5 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1503490.015 64 M Fatality Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters FallDist: 5
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite

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