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Accident: 170062319 - Employee Dies In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 170062319 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 06/21/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11113995206/30/19937363B & B Management Service
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11109067606/29/19931541R N Rouse & Co Inc
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11114114906/30/19931771Bill Howell & Sons Construction Corp.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11109066806/29/19931721A. B. Whitley, Inc.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 1993, Employee #1, a 38-year-old cement finisher, and a coworker were working alone on the second floor of a newly constructed addition to a manufacturing building. The concrete pour for half of the second floor, which measured 84 ft by 119 ft, had almost been completed and the two men were completing the finish on the fresh concrete. The remainder of the concrete subcontractor's crew of 13 men had descended to the first floor. Employee #1 was working with a bull float and apparently was backing up to an unguarded floor opening measuring 2 ft 8 in. by 18 ft 1 11/16 in. when he either tripped on the projecting edge and fell, or stepped, into the opening. He fell 16 ft 8 in. to a concrete floor. Employee #1 sustained head injuries and remained in a coma at the hospital until his death on Friday, July 2, 1993, at approximately 3:30 a.m. His coworker did not see what happened and there was no other eyewitness to the event.
Keywords: cementing, fall, floor opening, unguarded, work rules, walking backward, inattention, construction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111139952 Fatality Concussion Concrete and terrazzo finishers
2 111090676 Occupation Not Listed
3 111141149 Occupation Not Listed
4 111090668 Occupation Not Listed

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