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Accident: 170157895 - Employee Paralyzed After Falling From Balcony

Accident: 170157895 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 08/05/1994
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12007593208/11/19941522Valentine Construction
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on August 5, 1994, Employee #1 was removing rails from an apartment balcony in a condominium complex undergoing earthquake damage repair. The balcony was 10 1/2 ft above ground and was 3 ft wide by 13 ft 6 in. long. Employee #1, who was not secured by a safety belt and lanyard, was using a crowbar to remove the metal railings. He fell off the balcony and was hospitalized with spinal injuries until October 7, 1994. He is paralyzed from the waist down. Employee #1 says he "just made a mistake, and it was nobody's fault."
Keywords: paralysis, repair, spine, unsecured, work rules, safety belt, construction, lanyard, fall, fall protection
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120075932 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters

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