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Accident: 201165727 - Employee Falls Through Skylight And Injures Himself

Accident: 201165727 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 01/13/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12605923702/04/20041742Covello Plastering Corporation
On January 13, 2004, an employee and a coworker were to patch some stucco along the porch roof and side of the house interface. The roof was approximately 5.5-ft wide and 25-ft long. There were three 2.5 ft by 2.5 ft skylights in it. A roofing company had been there prior to the arrival of the employee and had laid tar paper on the entire length of the roof. The skylights had not been installed yet and the paper was over the openings so that they could not be seen from the rooftop. The employee was walking along the roof to do his patch job when he stepped into the skylight opening on the east end of the roof, and fell approximately 9 ft to the concrete deck. The employee was hospitalized and treated for fractured spine and damaged nerves.
Keywords: roof opening cover, skylight, fracture, roof, back, fall, roof opening, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 2 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126059237 Hospitalized injury Fracture Plasterers FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Fall from roof

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