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Accident: 170761407 - Employee Died From Fall From Ladder

Accident: 170761407 -- Report ID: 0551800 -- Event Date: 11/02/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30519763411/15/20021799Craig Welding And Mfg
Employee #1 was working from a ladder and using an acetylene torch to cut out old roof rafters for removal. The torch ignited gas that was being released from a faulty pipe inside a concrete block wall. The explosion burned the employee and knocked him off the ladder. He fell approximately 10 feet to the ground. The employee was taken to the Fort Wayne Hospital where he died 11 days later from meningitis and a skull fracture with pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism from the fall.
Keywords: fracture, head, acetylene torch, ignition system, ladder, rafter, fall, gas leak, pulmonary embolism
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 18 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305197634 Fatality Concussion Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fire/explosion

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