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Accident: 14224612 - Employee Falls From Collapsing Balcony Railing

Accident: 14224612 -- Report ID: 0355114 -- Event Date: 03/27/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
332040503/27/19851521Mills Brothers Contractors
At approximately 1:30 pm on March 26, 1985, Employee #1 was preparing to install masonite siding on the exterior walls of a three- story apartment building. He climbed over the railing of the second floor balcony, which was at a height of approximately 15 feet above ground level, to get to the scaffold 3 feet below him. As he climbed down the outside of the railing to the scaffold, the railing gave way causing him to fall to the concrete slab 15 feet below. He landed with his right hand hitting a piece of lumber at a shearing angle, which severely cut his hand. As a result, his right index finger was amputated. The extent to which he will recover the use of the remainder of his right hand was not known.
Keywords: amputated, guardrail, collapse, carpenter, finger, equipment failure, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3320405 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters

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