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Accident: 201067709 - Two Employees Fall From Elevated Platform And Are Injured

Accident: 201067709 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/14/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12594395107/20/20041521J Alvarez Construction Inc
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on July 14, 2004, three employees were being lifted to the third story of residential apartment complex under new construction inside a basket. The three employees in the elevated platform were all framers. One employee, Employee #3, successfully exited the platform at the third floor level of the building causing a shift in the weight of the basket, making it unstable on the forks of the industrial truck. The basket tipped over with the two employees still inside basket. Employee #1 and Employee #2 fell to the ground with the top of the elevated basket falling on top of them. Employee #1 sustain a broken right tibia and head injuries and Employee #2 is permanently paralyzed from his neck to his toes as a result of the three-story fall from the unsecured elevated basket lifted by an industrial truck. Both employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, head, paralysis, tibia, unsecured, equipment failure, industrial truck, unstable surface, fall, elevated work plat
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 3 40
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125943951 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)
2 125943951 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with bucket (aerial lift/basket)

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