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Accident: 170380364 - Employee'S Wrist Shattered In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 170380364 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 10/20/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12550991910/22/19981541Rackly Company, Inc.
Employee #1, an iron worker at a construction site, was assembling a sheet metal aircraft hangar. He was using a 24 ft Alaco industrial aluminum extension ladder that was clamped to the building to descend from the roof. As Employee #1 got on the ladder, he moved it vertically, causing the latches to release and the ladder to collapse. He fell approximately 19 ft 8 in. to the ground, suffering a shattered right wrist, two fractured ribs, and a broken collarbone. His wrist required surgical pins to facilitate healing.
Keywords: extension ladder, collapse, unsecured, iron worker, work rules, collarbone, construction, descending, fall, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125509919 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:19
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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