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Accident: 200375848 - Employee Falls Down Stairs, Later Dies

Accident: 200375848 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 12/15/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31619846412/22/20111751Venegas Company
At approximately 5:50 p.m. or about December 15, 2011, Employee #1, a carpenter with Venegas Company, was exiting Building Number 2 using the right rear elevation stair tower which was under construction. Employee #1 was carrying some tools down to load up and take home. Employee #1 fell from the stairway platform, which was 11 feet and 2-1/4 in. high. Employee #1 landed on the concrete floor. The stair had incorrect spacing between the rails on both the stair railing (approximately 26 in. between rails) and platform railing (24 in. between midrail and platform) as well as a railing projecting out into the stairway opening (16 in.). The employee #1 received injuries to his head. He was transported to the hospital, where he died 6 days later.
Keywords: platform, head, stair, carpenter, handrail, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316198464 Fatality Other Helpers, construction trades FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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