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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 200021707 - Employee'S Ankle Sprained In Fall Through Floor Hole

Accident: 200021707 -- Report ID: 0214200 -- Event Date: 01/04/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30326361001/05/20001731Power Electric Co. Inc.
Employee #1 was walking through the Hub End Room, which had a raised computer floor, when he stepped into a 2 ft square by 2 ft deep floor opening that had been covered by cardboard. He sustained a sprained ankle and was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released. It was not determined who had left the floor hole open and/or covered it inadequately. Subsequent investigation revealed that no reasonable accident prevention plan was in effect at the site regarding safe walking/working surfaces, and specifically addressing conditions in the room where the accident occurred.
Keywords: unguarded fl opening, floor hole, work rules, construction, fall, sprain, unguarded, work surface, ankle
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 1 35
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303263610 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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