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Accident: 201460136 - Worker Falls From Ladder And Fractures Leg And Ankle

Accident: 201460136 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 12/06/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31723051401/08/20141731Acoustic Evolution, Inc.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on December 6, 2013, Employee #1, of Acoustic Evolution, Inc., was installing an entertainment system inside a residence. He was on the third step of a Little Gorilla metal articulating ladder set up in the 6-foot step ladder configuration. Employee #1 leaned his knees against the fourth step, leaned his left hand against an adjacent left wall, and began drilling a hole with the drill he held in his right hand. The ladder tipped over, and Employee #1 fell approximately 4 feet to the floor. Emergency services were called, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department responded. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted and treated for a fractured right leg and fractured right ankle. This event was reported to Cal/OSHA's San Diego District Office by the employer at 4:40 p.m. on December 6, 2013. The Ranch Santa Fe Fire Department also notified Cal/OSHA. In its subsequent investigation, Cal/OSHA determined that the employer specialized in the design and installation of custom home audio and video systems. Contributing to his fall was that Employee #1 did not keep his body weight centered on the ladder.
Keywords: fracture, installing, ladder, construction, electronic equipment, fall, fall protection, electric drill, ankle, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 18
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317230514 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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