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Accident: 14315436 - Employee Injured In Fall From Elevation

Accident: 14315436 -- Report ID: 0317700 -- Event Date: 09/23/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10935995009/23/19961799F. H. Chase
Employee #1 had been working with a subcontractor cutting and enlarging an opening in a concrete floor. After the job was complete, Employee #1 assisted the contractor in placing two plywood hole cover panels over the opening. After the subcontractor left the area, Employee #1 picked up a third plywood panel from the floor and stepped into the opening that it was covering. Employee #1 later stated that he thought the third panel was to be used as a barricade and did not know that it was covering a floor opening. Employee #1 fell approximately thirteen feet and landed on a scissor lift stored on the floor level below. Employee #1 was hospitalized with bruised contusions and abrasions.
Keywords: unguarded fl opening, unsecured, floor hole, unsecured panel, construction, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 4 60
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 109359950 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:16
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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