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Accident: 201097185 - Employee Injured When Falling Down A Flight Of Stairs

Accident: 201097185 -- Report ID: 0950645 -- Event Date: 03/18/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12611091504/06/20041711Red'S Plumbing
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on March 18, 2004, Employee #1 was going to get some boxes off the stairway. Employee #1 was walking up a flight of stairs, he was anywhere from the third step to the fifth step in the stairway when he slipped and fell. The stairs was 24.5 inches wide and the steps had a inch run and a 8.75-inch rise. The guard rail was measured to be 35 inches high. However, an employee interview at the time of the inspection guardrail had been raised since the accident by about 4 inches. This made the guardrail at 31 inches at the time of the accident. Employee #1 lost feeling in his lower back area, but all feeling was restored by the time he left the hospital. He was hospitalized for five days.
Keywords: stair, guardrail, slip, construction, back, fall, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126110915 Hospitalized injury Other Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Backfilling and compacting
FatCause: Drown, non-lethal fall

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