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Accident: 170882740 - Employee Injured In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 170882740 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 03/12/1995
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11987055806/07/19951731Pacific Bell
Employee #1 was repairing a customer drop line from the house to the pole. He had followed all company rules regarding line testing and ladder usage. Employee #1 began to climb a fiberglass extension ladder using the proper fire fighter's stance for angle on the ladder, with hooks extended onto the strand and testing strand and a rope over the strand for security. The drop line from the strand to the customer's house became loose and caused the strand to move forward. Employee #1 felt the ladder move forward and then back. He was thrown off the ladder and fell between 10 ft and 15 ft. Employee #1 sustained a compression fracture to L1 and a basal skull fracture with intracerebellar hemorrhaging. He was hospitalized. There were no witnesses to the accident.
Keywords: fracture, extension ladder, repair, telecom work, hemorrhage, skull, fall, lost balance, vertebra, brain
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119870558 Hospitalized injury Fracture Telephone line installers and repairers

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