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Accident: 171059785 - Employee Injured In Fall From Ceiling Crawl Space

Accident: 171059785 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 09/12/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30360997809/12/20001731Newco Electric Inc
Employee #1 was in the crawl space between the ceiling and the roof of the ballroom in the new Salt Palace expansion, tying down recessed light fixtures. He was using a full body harness with a single lanyard for fall protection. Employee #1 unhooked his lanyard to move to the next light fixture when he slipped on the metal stud on which he'd been standing. He came down on sheetrock instead of the steel grid and fell 30 ft through the sheetrock to the floor. He sustained injuries that required hospitalization.
Keywords: ceiling, work rules, slip, construction, lanyard, fall, fall protection, crawl space
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303609978 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians' apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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