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Accident: 201042405 - Employee Is Injured In Fall Through Open Hole

Accident: 201042405 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 10/11/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30940500910/11/20051799Safway Services, Inc.
On October 11, 2005, Employee #1 was removing scaffolding from at an expansion project at the Henderson Water Reclamation Facility. Upon returning from a break, Employee #1 was removing the hole covers to gain access to the work area. He picked up one of the 3 ft by 8 ft pieces of plywood used as a temporary cover and moved it to the side. As he picked up the second piece of plywood, he took a step and fell through the hole. He tried to grab onto the edge of the hole but could not hold on. He was injured, when he fell approximately 20 ft and landed on a 6 in. wide pipe. He then slid down an additional 6 ft. He was treated at UMC for unspecified fractures.
Keywords: fracture, carpenter, floor hole, guard, work rules, fall, fall protection, inattention, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 1 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309405009 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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