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Accident: 200376762 - Worker Dies Of Head Injuries After Falling From Ladder

Accident: 200376762 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 04/03/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31749358304/07/20141742Wr Derrick And Company Inc
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on April 3, 2014, Employee #1, an insulation worker employed by a plastering, drywall, and insulation company, was working at a school building that was being newly constructed. He was in corridor K of B wing, standing on a 10-foot stepladder, Werner Fiberglass Model 6210, Part Number 100515-35, and using a brush to apply Design Polymeric Water Based Vapor Barrier DP3040 from a two-gallon bucket. This was one step in the process of installing and sealing HVAC duct work insulation inside the building. Employee #1 fell from the ladder. He was found lying on the concrete floor, moaning and incoherent. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for head injuries. Employee #1 died at the hospital the following day, April 4, 2014. This event was investigated by South Carolina OSHA. The investigation determined that Employee #1 weighed approximately 165 pounds and was 5 feet 7 inches tall. The stepladder was less than six months old and had no visible defects. It was rated for 300 pounds. The ladder was situated on a level concrete floor when Employee #1 fell. The highest part of the HVAC duct work was approximately 12 feet 6 inches above the floor, and the lowest part was approximately 11 feet above the floor.
Keywords: fracture, head, duct, installing, stepladder, construction, fall, fall protection, seal, thermal insulation
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 1 14 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317493583 Fatality Other Insulation Workers FallDist:
FallHt:5
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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