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Accident: 201043478 - Employee Fractures Vertebra In Fall Onto Steel Protrusion

Accident: 201043478 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 11/26/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31163539511/26/20071791Century Steel, Inc.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on November 26, 2007, Employee #1, an ironworker, was at floor T8, section D of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas structure, which was under construction. He was preparing a vertical rebar column to set a trim beam in place; he was using his positioning hook, which was connected to a #8 rebar/dowel approximately 5 in. from the top. Employee #1's feet were approximately 50 in. up the column above the working surface of floor T8. He he was cutting a #4 rebar band that had been holding a hair pin when his positioning hook displaced. Employee #1 fell backward approximately 4 ft, landing on a steel picking eye on the trim beam that was protruding up from the surface of the floor below. He sustained a fracture of his L1 vertebra. Employee #1 was transported by Emergency Services to UMC Hospital, where he was treated and released that same day.
Keywords: attachment hook, fracture, rebar, unsecured, iron worker, work rules, struck against, construction, fall, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 70 730
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311635395 Non Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Emplacing reinforcing steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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