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Accident: 200080224 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 200080224 -- Report ID: 0112000 -- Event Date: 10/15/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10279245410/16/19981751Eob, Inc. Of Kensington
Employee #1, a carpenter, was working on the second level of a home under construction when he apparently stepped on an unsecured 4 by 8 piece of plywood that partially covered the floor opening for the stairway. The plywood acted like a trap door and he fell 21 ft through the opening to the basement. Employee #1 landed on his feet but suffered dorsal and ventral fractures of the lower fibula; a dorsal fracture of the tibia; tears to all the ligaments between his foot and his ankle; two fractured lumbar vertebrae; and three compressed vertebrae, with accompanying ruptured disks. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT, where he underwent surgery and was put in a full body cast for his back injuries. Employee #1 had previously suffered brain damage in a non-work auto accident, and he was being observed for possible seizures.
Keywords: fracture, unsecured, carpenter, unsecured panel, work rules, construction, back, fall, floor opening, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 3 21
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 102792454 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:21
Cause: Installation Of Decking-Initial Laying Deck (Incl
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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