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Accident: 170894471 - Employee Injured In Fall When Vertical Support Breaks

Accident: 170894471 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 09/04/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12621602709/25/19975251Oxnard Building Materials
On September 4, 1997, Employee #1, of Oxnard Building Materials, re-entered a closed warehouse that was used for the storage and sale of household hardware and building materials. He thought he had locked some keys in the office, so he climbed a 10 ft ladder to a storage area over the office, intending to gain access through it. At the top of the ladder he grabbed a vertical support pipe that comprised a railing around the storage area to pull himself up. The vertical broke and Employee #1 fell 10 to 11 ft, striking his head on the concrete floor when he landed. He suffered internal trauma and a broken collarbone. There were no witnesses to the accident. At the time this report was written, Employee #1 was unable to speak, so the store management could only guess at Employee #1's intentions. The employer was cited for eight regulatory and four general violations.
Keywords: fracture, head, guardrail, warehouse, work rules, collarbone, ladder, equipment failure, fall
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126216027 Hospitalized injury Concussion Sales support occupations, n.e.c.

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