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Accident: 201158862 - Employee Is Paralyzed After Fall From Roof

Accident: 201158862 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 01/29/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086482402/11/20041761Dunham Roofing Inc.
At about 3:48 p.m. on January 29, 2004, Employee #1, a temporary worker with Dunham Roofing, Inc., was chalking lines on a roof prior to installing felt paper. While a coworker held the chalk box, and Employee #1 pulled the chalk line, Employee #1 stepped on a loose piece of felt paper on the edge of the roof. He fell 16.5 ft to the dirt ground. Employee #1 was hospitalized for a head injury, fractured ribs, and a severed spinal cord, which resulted in lower extremity paralysis.
Keywords: fracture, head, paralysis, roof, slip, roofer, fall, fall protection, slippery surface, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300864824 Hospitalized injury Fracture Roofers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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