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Accident: 200774974 - Employee Fractures Vertebra In Fall Down Stairwell

Accident: 200774974 -- Report ID: 0134000 -- Event Date: 11/28/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31159668811/28/20071711Robert Irvine And Sons, Inc.
On November 28, 2007, Employee #1 was on the second floor of a structure, measuring for placement of an HVAC unit and creating a materials list for future work. He was using a flashlight to check around the area when he lost his footing and fell into the stairwell to the first floor. He sustained a fractured vertebra and was hospitalized for several days. The employer did not ensure that guardrails and handrails were in place before work was started.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, work rules, construction, stair landing, handrail, fall, lost balance, vertebra, poor visibility
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311596688 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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