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Accident: 201158201 - Employee Fell 16 Feet Through Roof Opening

Accident: 201158201 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/21/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086352909/19/20031751Tandem West Group
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on August 21, 2003, an employee was carrying a piece of plywood across a roof. The plywood was 4 feet by 8 feet. He stepped onto a roof opening that had been covered with another piece of plywood. This opening was where the air conditioning unit was to be installed and was 49 inches wide by 49 inches long. As the employee was walking over the unsecured plywood, it shifted and he fell through the opening. He fell 16 feet and landed on the cement floor. He was hospitalized at Loma Linda University Hospital and had surgery on his fractured left wrist.
Keywords: roof opening cover, fracture, roof, carpenter, unsecured panel, construction, fall, roof opening, work surface, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300863529 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters

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