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Accident: 170204929 - Employee Injured In Fall Into Open Manhole

Accident: 170204929 -- Report ID: 0950611 -- Event Date: 08/14/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12548761108/14/19981541A. Ruiz Construction Co. & Associates, Inc.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on August 14, 1998, Employee #1, a laborer at Ruiz Construction Company & Associates, Inc., was assisting with a structural wall as a sewer line was being installed in a building. He stepped backward and fell approximately 14 ft into a 30 in. hole. Employee #1 sustained bumps and bruises, and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. This accident resulted from failure to cover or provide guarding for the manhole opening, a violation of T8CCR 1632(h). After the accident, the hole was covered and barricaded.
Keywords: manhole cover, barrier guard, work rules, construction, fall, walking backward, manhole, unguarded, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 4 36
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125487611 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing culverts and incidental drainage
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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