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Accident: 200462091 - Employee Is Killed In Fall From Balcony Of House

Accident: 200462091 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 09/15/2006
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30957015809/15/20061751Fine Finish Carpentry
Employee #1, working for a company that was contracted to perform carpentry work during the renovation of the interior and exterior of a multi-family residential house, was removing the railings on the second floor balcony because they were installed improperly. He removed the right side railing and then proceeded to remove the left side railings. He cut the finished nails holding the railing to the support post and was removing the railing with a quick pushing motion. As he pushed on the railing, he fell over the balcony along with the railing. He fell approximately 11.5 feet, landed head first on the gravel driveway, and was killed.
Keywords: rail, carpenter, construction, fall, fall protection, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 2 25 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309570158 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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