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Accident: 201082344 - Employee Killed In Fall Through Kitchen Ceiling

Accident: 201082344 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 02/19/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30079887302/21/20001711Interstate Ag Inc
At 7:15 a.m. on February 19, 2000, Employee #1 was engaged in a project to modify some ductwork above the kettles in the kitchen of a food processing facility. He used an extension ladder to reach an elevated stainless steel platform above the T-bar ceiling. Immediately after getting up on the platform, Employee #1 fell approximately 14 ft through one of the ceiling tiles and landed, head first, on the floor. He was transported to Dinuba Hospital and then to University Medical Center in Fresno, CA, where he was pronounced dead. The elevated platform was not equipped with any guardrails. Employee #1 had a safety harness and had been trained in its use, but he did not have the harness on nor was the line attached to a secure point on the building. The employer was cited for a serious, accident-related violation of T8CCR 1670(a), for failing to insure that employees used a safety harness when exposed to a fall in excess of 7 1/2 ft.
Keywords: head, ceiling, work rules, safety belt, construction, ceiling panel, fall, fall protection, tie-off, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300798873 Fatality Other Sheet metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:14
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with platform catwalk (attached to struc

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