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Accident: 201117918 - Employee Is Paralyzed After Fall From A Roof

Accident: 201117918 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 05/12/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12031936305/17/20041761California Exteriors Roofing Contractors, Inc.
On May 12, 2004, Employee #1 was working on a roof with two coworkers, one of whom was the foreman. They were on the roof tearing off roofing shingles and paper. The height of the roof was 9 ft in the back, 13 ft on the side next to the carport, and 12 ft in the front of the house. The pitch was less than 4-12. Employee #1 was located at the back portion of the house and was using a pick. One of the coworkers was approximately 5 ft away and indicated that he saw Employee #1 before he fell. The coworker indicated Employee #1 was bending over removing the roofing materials near the edge of the roof when he saw Employee #1 fell off the roof. Employee #1 was hospitalized with a broken right hand and brain damage. He was paralyzed on his left side and received therapy.
Keywords: fracture, head, paralysis, roof, roofer, fall, concussion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 120319363 Hospitalized injury Concussion Roofers FallDist:
FallHt:13
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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