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Accident: 201481314 - Welder Paralyzed When A Fence Falls On Him

Accident: 201481314 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 07/08/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12586930507/23/19981799Cemco
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on July 8, 1998, Employee #1 was engaged in a wire fence removal operation. His employer manufactures steel frames for commercial and residential structures. He was working in the eastern section of the warehouse area. Employee #1 used a welding torch and a metal grinder. Of the four sections of the fence, he cut two down. As he attempted to remove the third section, he was unable to pry it from underneath a building that had been constructed within the warehouse area. Employee #1 bent down to see what was wrong. He observed that the plate was still anchored. The next thing the employee could remember was the weight of the fence had fallen on him. Employee #1 was hospitalized. He suffered a broken back, two crushed vertebrae, and is paralyzed from the neck down. Employee #1 is not expected to walk again. No witnesses observed the incident, and it is not evident what exactly caused the incident.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, welder, back, fall, fence, struck by, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Demolition Under $50,000 1 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125869305 Hospitalized injury Fracture Welders and cutters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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