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Accident: 170060560 - Employee Suffers Fractures In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 170060560 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 05/19/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11108910805/24/19938062Duke University Medical Center
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11108908205/25/19931731H. V. Allen Company
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11108909005/24/19931542Donohoe Construction Company
Employee #1 and four coworkers were on the penthouse floor of an elevator construction project. Unknown to them, the concrete floor contained two floor openings, each 36 in. square and covered by an unsecured 1/2 in. plywood piece measuring 48 in. square. In preparation for the repositioning of the elevator control box, the employees were removing all scraps of wood from the east side of the floor. Employee #1, who was facing south, picked up the plywood covering the east side floor opening, took a step forward as he raised it, and fell approximately 25 ft through the opening to the concrete floor. He struck a metal trash chute which was suspended below the penthouse floor and landed in a sitting position. Employee #1 sustained a broken hip, fractured vertebrae, a lacerated tongue, and a bruised shoulder. Causal factors include lack of training, 1926.21(b)(2), and improper installation of floor opening covers, 1926.500(f)(5)(ii).
Keywords: laceration, untrained, fall, floor opening, vertebra, unsecured, hip, contusion, fracture, construction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111089108 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.
2 111089082 Occupation Not Listed
3 111089090 Occupation Not Listed

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