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Accident: 201483252 - Employee Paralyzed In Fall From Snowy Roof

Accident: 201483252 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 02/15/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12584296306/29/20000782Bravo Gardens
Employee #1 and five coworkers, of Bravo Gardens, were shoveling snow from the 19 ft 3 in. high roof of an apartment building balcony and pitching it to the ground. The part of the roof over the balcony was nearly flat, at with only an 8 degree angle. The roof then rose to a 22 degree angle at its peak. The crew had been shoveling for approximately 45 minutes when the snow on the steep part of the roof slid down and knocked Employee #1 off the roof to the ground. He sustained a fracture of the C6 and C7 cervical vertebrae, and he was paralyzed below the waist. The coworkers jumped to safety and were not injured.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, roof, work rules, fall, fall protection, struck by, vertebra, slope, work surface
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125842963 Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction

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