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Accident: 200651552 - Employee Dies From Head Injury After Fall Through Skylight

Accident: 200651552 -- Report ID: 0521100 -- Event Date: 04/06/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31255153404/10/20091795Tesmer Construction Corp
On April 6, 2009, Employee #1 and several coworkers were removing a steel roof from a metal industrial building as part of a demolition project. The steel roof contained numerous fiberglass skylight panels, which measured approximately 3feet by 5.5 feet and were very thin. Although the panels were supported by perlins placed at roughly 2.5 foot centers, they were incapable of supporting any amount of substantial weight. Employee #1 and the other coworkers arrived before the site managers, and began to remove the steel roof and skylight panels. After taking a lunch break, Employee #1 resumed work. As he was backing up while holding onto a steel roof panel, he accidentally stepped onto a skylight panel, and fell 18.5 feet to a concrete floor. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died due to a serious head injury.
Keywords: head, demolition, lifeline, building, construction, manual mat handling, fall, fall protection, concussion, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Demolition Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312551534 Fatality Concussion Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:18
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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