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Accident: 201272168 - Employee Falls Through Stairwell Hole And Later Dies

Accident: 201272168 -- Report ID: 0418300 -- Event Date: 01/21/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30846887502/10/20051751R.A. Bice Enterprises, Inc.
A crew of employees had sheathed the second floor of a residential home, but had not built hand rails or covered the stairwell hole to prevent employees falling through. The employees were building the second story exterior walls and sheathing them the walls prior to raising them up and securing them. As Employee #1 was laying out a chalk-line, he fell through the unguarded stairwell opening, striking his head on the concrete floor. Employee #1 was airlifted to the hospital, where he later died.
Keywords: head, carpenter, floor hole, construction, fall, fall protection, untrained, unguarded, 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 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308468875 Fatality Other Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing interior walls, ceilings, doors
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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