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Accident: 170884001 - Employee Injured In Fall From Roof

Accident: 170884001 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 12/03/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11978782812/04/19968361Retiring Housing Foundation The Angelus Plaza
At 4:00 p.m. on December 3, 1996, Employee #1 was helping a coworker who had been assigned by the chief engineer to place the lighted Christmas tree on the roof of the sixth floor of a tiered building. They accessed the roof area from an open balcony on the sixth floor and put up the tree. Employee #1, who was working within 12 in. of the roof edge, had finished attaching the tree to a ground screw when he lost his balance and fell 20 ft to the floor balcony area of the building. He sustained a fractured hip and femur, and multiple facial fractures. Employee #1 and his coworker had not been wearing safety belts/harnesses or lanyards, and there was no guardrail around the flat roof area. Employee #1 worked for a housing management company that employed four maintenance workers at this location.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, guardrail, roof, work rules, safety belt, lanyard, fall, fall protection, lost balance
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119787828 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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