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Accident: 170872618 - Employee Injured In Fall When Plank Breaks, Later Dies

Accident: 170872618 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 01/10/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12577738302/04/19971761State Center Roofing
Employee #1 and coworkers were completing a roofing job on a new house. The majority of the roof had been finished about four weeks earlier, and the only task that remained was to tie the roof into the recently-completed stucco. Employee #1 was carrying a gas-powered saw while crossing some planks left by the stucco crew. The plank broke under his weight and he fell onto the concrete sidewalk, striking his head when he landed. He suffered major head trauma died one week later.
Keywords: head, roof, collapse, overloaded, walking on plank, construction, equipment failure, plank, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 1 12 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125777383 Fatality Concussion Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:17
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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