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Accident: 200053569 - Employee Dies After Fall From Ladder

Accident: 200053569 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 07/09/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31146756707/20/20091711Knobel'S Refrigeration, Inc.
On July 9, 2009, Employee #1 was using an extension ladder to access the roof to service refrigeration equipment. When extended, the ladder was capable of reaching the roof. Employee #1 did not fully extend the ladder. He extended it to a height of approximately 11 ft. He climbed the extension ladder and then he climbed the rest of the way to the roof using a fixed ladder. The distance from the rungs of the fixed ladder to the wall was less than 7 in. A roof gutter near the top rung provided an obstruction which reduced this distance much more. When Employee #1 reached to grab the top rung of the fixed ladder, the gutter apparently obstructed his grip on the rung. He lost his grip and fell approximately 12 ft to the ground. He was hospitalized for treatment of injuries that were not specified. He died 10 days later.
Keywords: maintenance, extension ladder, ladder, fixed ladder, refrigerant, fall, fall protection, refrigerator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 18 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311467567 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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