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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 201486263 - Employee Fell Through Covered Roof Opening

Accident: 201486263 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 02/20/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12575615503/29/20041711Mellos Sheet Metal
An employee was on a routine call, performing maintenance on an HVAC system. He accessed the attic by using a permanent wooden ladder and was walking to the air handler system. An opening that was 5 ft. by 3 ft. was in the walkway and was covered with a piece of plywood. The employee walked on the plywood and fell through the opening approximately 9 feet to the ground. He was hospitalized for 11 days with a broken right fibula, tibia and ankle.
Keywords: roof opening cover, fracture, maintenance, roof, fall, roof opening, ankle
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 125756155 Hospitalized injury Fracture Mechanical engineering technicians FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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