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Accident: 200770410 - Employee Killed In Fall From Ladder After Suffering A Stroke

Accident: 200770410 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 05/25/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11354577605/26/19991721John Conneely
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 25, 1999, Employee #1 and his nephew 5/25/99 were scraping paint from a private residence in Acton, MA. Employee #1 climbed an 18 ft ladder, then asked his nephew where his paint scraper was. As the nephew turned to answer, he saw Employee #1's eyes roll into the back of his head and his body go limp. Employee #1 fell 10 ft to 15 ft onto pavement, his head striking a granite step as he landed. Paramedics were summoned and administered CPR at the scene before transporting him to Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA. Employee #1 was then flown by helicopter to Boston University Hospital, where he died two hours later of blunt head trauma sustained in the fall. Physicians at the hospital later confirmed that he had suffered a stroke while on the ladder. Apparently, Employee #1 had had a stroke three to four years earlier and was taking high blood pressure medication. No unsafe work practices contributed to this accident.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, blood clot, head, cpr, construction, cardiovasc disease, aneurysm, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 113545776 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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