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Accident: 170840359 - Employee Falls From Stepladder And Becomes Paralyzed

Accident: 170840359 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 09/28/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12562547510/03/20011521Bruce Johnston Construction, Inc.
On September 28, 2001, Employee #1 and a crew of employees were demolishing the existing roof structure over a converted sun porch by cutting it into sections, handing them down and carrying them to a debris truck. Two employees were on the roof, cutting. One employee was carrying sections out to the truck, and Employee #1 was on a stepladder handing down cut sections, each 3-feet by 3-feet. He was using a 10-foot Cuprum fiberglass stepladder. When a section hung up on an interior wall top plate, Employee #1 tried to free it. Once the section became free, it either hit the ladder or caused Employee #1 to lose his balance, falling off the ladder injuring his neck. The neck injury caused spinal cord damage and paralysis. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: paralysis, spine, stepladder, fall, neck, lost balance, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Demolition Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125625475 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Carpenter apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:5
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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