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Accident: 201075652 - Employee Is Injured In Fall Through Drop Ceiling

Accident: 201075652 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/27/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31268349307/30/20101721Keith Monroe And Company
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Employee #1 was working as a painter at a single-story suite in a commercial property in San Diego, CA, that was being remodeled. The interior of the suite included an office space with a drop ceiling and a warehouse in the rear with a high ceiling. Employee #1 was painting the interior warehouse walls. There was a large rolling scaffold inside the warehouse, and employees used ladders to get onto the drop ceiling. There were wood beams in the drop ceiling, but the spaces between the beams, where the ceiling panels were located, did not support any weight. When Employee #1 stepped onto one of the ceiling panels in the interior drop ceiling, he broke through it, falling 8.5 feet onto the carpeted floor of the hallway below. He sustained a dislocation of his thumb and a head laceration in the fall. He was transported to Kaiser Hospital, where he was hospitalized for more than twenty-four hours.
Keywords: head, ceiling, construction, thumb, laceration, ceiling panel, dislocated, fall, painter, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312683493 Hospitalized injury Dislocation Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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