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Accident: 170108443 - Employee Killed In Fall From Ladder In Chapel

Accident: 170108443 -- Report ID: 0336000 -- Event Date: 11/14/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11333511111/16/19948361Villa Maria Community Center
Employee #1 was using a 16 ft type TA wooden stepladder to change an overhead light bulb in a church chapel. He was being assisted by two coworkers who were steadying the ladder at the base. Employee #1 had gone up the ladder, removed the cover and light, and returned to the floor. He then had gone back up the ladder to replace the light. He had taken several steps back down the ladder when he hesitated, let go of the ladder, and fell, landing on his left side on a pew. He suffered a broken back and died from a lacerated aorta.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, stepladder, ladder, lighting fixture, descending, back, laceration, fall, artery
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113335111 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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