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Accident: 14300289 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Wall Opening

Accident: 14300289 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 06/11/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1486464906/12/19861731Benfield Electric Company, Inc.
Employee #1 was working for an electrical contractor who was wiring a three-story garden apartment building. The building had been stocked with 4 ft by 12 ft sheets of drywall, which had been placed on each floor through a 6 ft wide by 6 ft 8 in. high wall opening that would later house sliding doors to a balcony. The drywall stacks had been placed within a foot of the wall opening, from which the guardrails had been removed and not replaced. When Employee #1 and a coworker were sent to the third floor to start installing electrical switches and outlet boxes, they had to go over or around the 2 ft high stacks of drywall. Employee #1 attempted to go around the outside end while carrying a 3 ft wooden stepladder. While passing the wall opening he lost his balance and partly fell and partly jumped 18 ft to the ground. He landed on his feet, and purposely rolled once or twice to cushion the fall. Employee #1 bruised one foot, broke his right wrist, and compressed/chipped the fourth lumbar vertebra. Further work was stopped until guardrails across the wall openings had been replaced and the drywall stacks had been reduced in height.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, work rules, construction, fall, housekeeping, vertebra, unguarded, foot, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14864649 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians' apprentices

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