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Accident: 170828115 - Employee Paralyzed When Struck By Falling Foundation

Accident: 170828115 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 11/04/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12737868511/04/19961794Concrete Demolition Services
Employee #1 and coworkers were working in a 12 ft long by 8 to 13 ft wide by 6 ft 9 in. deep excavation to undermine the foundation of an existing building by 2 ft 6 in. Employee #1 was squatting down, with part of his body under the foundation, when the bottom of the foundation fell on his back. He was paralyzed from the waist down. The foundation had been constructed in sections and without rebar.
Keywords: excavation, paralysis, rebar, collapse, unsecured, work rules, construction, back, struck by, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition Under $50,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 127378685 Hospitalized injury Other Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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