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Accident: 170739692 - Employee Paralyzed In Fall From Tree

Accident: 170739692 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 02/21/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12006364903/07/19960783Manuel'S Gardening
On February 21, 1996, Employee #1 was standing on a tree limb, trimming branches in the same tree. The limb broke and he fell 10 ft to the ground. Employee #1 sustained back injuries and was paralyzed from the waist down. Employee #1 was not using a safety belt or rope. The employer admitted that no personal protective equipment was used, but indicated that it had been available. The accident was reported to CAL/OSHA on March 4, 1996.
Keywords: paralysis, lifeline, work rules, safety belt, back, tree, fall, fall protection, tree trimming
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120063649 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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