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Accident: 201039708 - Employee'S Ankle Crushed When By Falling Window Units

Accident: 201039708 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 11/17/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30990777212/14/20071799North American Curtainwall, Llc
At approximately 6:35 a.m. on November 17, 2007, Employee #1, of North American Curtainwall, LLC, was working at the Bovis Land Lease VUE construction site in San Pedro, CA. He was using a cordless drill and screwdriver bit to remove window units from metal-framed studs. As he turned away from the window units to put the cordless drill on a cart, three window units fell in his direction. Employee #1 attempted to stop the window units from striking the ground, but their combined weight was too much for him. He dropped them and was turning away when they struck his lower leg. Supervisors responded to the area and called 911. The Los Angeles Fire Department transferred Employee #1 to the work site clinic, where he was told that his lower right leg was fractured. Employee #1's supervisor transferred him to St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, where he underwent surgical repair of his right ankle.
Keywords: fracture, dismantling, unsecured, work rules, overloaded, construction, manual mat handling, struck by, falling object, ankle
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 18
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309907772 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing windows and doors, glazing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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