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Accident: 170727069 - Employee Injured In Fall Into Stairwell

Accident: 170727069 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 03/20/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11972743603/26/19931742De Georgis Drywall
On March 20, 1993, Employee #1, a drywall taper, was assigned to spot tape and fill nail depressions in drywall on the third floor study of a single family residence being built. The study was accessible only through the stairwell, where a custom-built spiral staircase was to be installed. A railing guarded 8 ft of the 12 ft opening in the form of a pony wall; the remaining 4 ft was open and unguarded. The study was accessed by an extension ladder from the bottom landing, 20 ft below. The ladder leaned against a wall of the stairwell and not against the landing. Employee #1 worked from the pony wall around the room to the opening and misjudged his distance from the floor edge. He stepped past the edge with his right foot, lost his balance, and fell 20 ft, sustaining a broken right hip, right femur, and right ankle socket. The employer was cited a serious violation for failure to install a railing across the opening.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, unguarded fl opening, work rules, construction, fall, lost balance, hip, ankle, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119727436 Hospitalized injury Fracture Drywall installers

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