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Accident: 201509171 - Ironworker Is Injured In Fall From Bridge Catwalk

Accident: 201509171 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 03/11/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31235555503/12/20091622American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises,Inc. A Joint Ven
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on March 11, 2009, Employee #1, an ironworker, was walking over a 3 ft by 2 ft opening in the catwalk at a bridge under construction. He was wearing his harness and lanyard. He disconnected one of his locking snap hooks from the guardrail, thinking that the other snap hook was still attached to the guardrail. Employee #1's foot slipped and he fell over 22 ft through the hole onto a concrete barge, and then into the water. He was hospitalized for a left wrist fracture and an L4 vertebra fracture.
Keywords: fracture, iron worker, construction, back, lanyard, catwalk, fall, fall protection, bridge, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge Alteration or rehabilitation $20,000,000 and over 1 22
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312355555 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
FallHt:21
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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