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Accident: 200355816 - Employee Is Injured In Fall From Second Story

Accident: 200355816 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 10/24/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
On October 24, 2006, an employee was assisting moving trusses from the ground to the second floor of a two-story house that was being constructed. The employee was on the first floor handing the trusses up to the second floor, when he stepped back into an unguarded stairway opening, falling 17-ft onto hard packed dirt. The employee's back was broken in three places and remained in the New Hanover Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center. He was paralyzed from the chest down, and doctors noted that he would not be able walk again.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, truss, spine, unsecured, carpenter, construction, back, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2 17
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310501523 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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