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Accident: 170897300 - Two Employees Injured When Garage Roof Collapses

Accident: 170897300 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 10/07/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12025885010/08/19991799Simon Construction
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 7, 1999, Employees #1 and #2 were installing plywood covering on the 30 ft by 20 ft roof of a garage when a forklift placed a stack of 30 sheets of plywood on the roof. The partially-decked roof gave way, and Employees #1 and #2 fell 13 ft to the ground. Employee #1 fractured his left arm and was hospitalized for two weeks; Employee #2 suffered contusions to his right thigh and knee, for which he was treated and released. According to the employer, the forklift operator put pressure on the partially decked surface while removing the forks from under the plywood load, causing the roof to give way. The roof system was not adequately braced and supported to prevent its collapse.
Keywords: roof collapse, fracture, installing, roof, collapse, work rules, construction, fall, arm, bracing
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 25
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120258850 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof
2 120258850 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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