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Accident: 201078946 - Employee Suffers Fractures In Fall Through Hatch Opening

Accident: 201078946 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 11/19/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31534718701/02/20131731Elm Electric Inc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on November 19, 2012, Employee #1 was working on Tower 18 wind turbine generator. The employee climbed up a fixed ladder, and opened the hatchway to access the base/mid deck on the section of the tower. Employee #1 was installing tie wraps and making sure the cables was not caught on the cable trays while being pulled up by the cranes. The employee was descending the fixed ladder, and did not tie-in with his lanyard to glides or cable grab. Employee #1 slipped and fell through the hatch opening and hit a coworker on the way down landing on the steel deck. Employee #1 was transported by helicopter to UCSD Medical Center for treatment and surgery for multiple body fractures. The employee was hospitalized for thirty days
Keywords: fracture, hatch, ladder, slip, lanyard, fall, tower, crane, electric generator
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Tower, tank, storage elevator New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 150
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315347187 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:41
Cause: Interior plumbing, ducting, electrical work
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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