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Accident: 170897979 - Employee Fractures Skull In Fall Through Roof

Accident: 170897979 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 02/19/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12612859403/19/19991761Meyer'S Roofing Co.,Inc.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on February 19, 1999, Employee #1, age 19, of Meyer's Roofing Company, and five coworkers were restoring the roof of an older commercial building in Los Angeles, CA. Employee #1 was inspecting an old 12 ft by 3 ft wooden rafter when it suddenly gave way and he fell 26 ft through the roof to the floor. He suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized at USC Medical Center. The job foreman stated that Employee #1's weight had caused the rafter to give way, and that the weak rafter had not been noticed before the accident.
Keywords: fracture, head, roof, collapse, construction, rafter, skull, roofer, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126128594 Hospitalized injury Fracture Roofers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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