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Accident: 170749311 - Employee Injured In Fall From A Second Floor Landing

Accident: 170749311 -- Report ID: 0352420 -- Event Date: 05/05/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11958637805/06/19931731Benfield Electric Company, Inc.
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11960330605/06/19931521Matson Homes, Inc.
Employee #1 and a foreman were working on a second floor landing of a two-story single family home. They were installing Romex cable throughout the house. The second floor landing was 3 ft 11 in. wide by 7 ft 5 in. long and 9 ft from the first floor landing. A 7 ft 5 in. long open side of the landing was not provided with a guardrail. Employee #1 was pulling the Romex cable to light and fire detector junction boxes directly above the landing. His stepladder was positioned about 2 ft from the open side of the landing. While descending the stepladder, he stepped backward and fell from the open side of the landing, 9 ft to the first floor landing. Employee #1 sustained two broken vertebrae and internal injuries. The foreman was trained and aware of a company work rule not to work on landings without a guardrail. Employee #1 was never trained and, therefore, unaware of the work rule.
Keywords: stepladder, work rules, untrained, fracture, guardrail, installing, construction, descending, fall, vertebra
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119586378 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians' apprentices
2 119603306 Occupation Not Listed

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