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Accident: 201129053 - Employee Falls From Steel Structure And Suffers Fractures

Accident: 201129053 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 04/17/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31577416604/17/20121791Cold Steel Erectors, Inc.
At 8:00 a.m. on April 17, 2012, Employee #1 fell while spreading metal decking from the second floor of a construction site located in Palo Alto, California. Employee #1 was an employee of Cold Steel Erectors, Inc. located in San Lorenzo, California. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 was working with Employee #2 (Foreman), spreading metal decking on the second floor of the structure. Employee #1 broke a sheet from the bundle, picked up the end of the metal sheet and stepped on the bundle. Employee #2 picked up the other end of the metal sheet and when he looked back up, Employee #1 had already fallen onto the concrete slab below. The fall height was 13 feet and 7 inches (163 inches). Employee #1 suffered multiple facial fractures, hip and pelvis fractures, and a wrist fracture. Employee #1 was taken to Stanford Hospital where he was admitted and hospitalized for 9 days.
Keywords: fracture, construction, steel erection, metal decking, pelvis, fall, face, hip, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315774166 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:13
Cause: Installation Of Decking-Flashing Of Decking
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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