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Accident: 201036357 - Employee Is Paralyzed After Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 201036357 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 06/30/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30547711909/10/20041741Revay Masonry Inc
On June 30, 2004, an employee was setting up a 5-ft-high scaffold on the first floor so that masons could fill in brick above the lintel for a sliding door. In a corner west of the door was a 60-in. by 42-in. hole in the concrete floor. The floor opening was covered by plywood. There was no indication that an opening existed under the plywood. During the process of erecting the scaffold, the employee fell through the floor opening from the first floor to the sub-basement. The employee fell 15 ft. 8 in. As a result of the fall, the employee fractured his neck. He became quadriplegic and was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, floor hole, fall, floor opening, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 6
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305477119 Hospitalized injury Fracture Brickmasons and stonemasons apprentices FallDist:
FallHt:15
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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