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Accident: 201522596 - Employee Falls From Roof And Sustains Multiple Injuries

Accident: 201522596 -- Report ID: 0111500 -- Event Date: 11/13/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12315650711/20/20051522New Home Exteriors
On November 13, 2005, Employee #1 was installing roofing shingles in the third floor of a building. He accessed the pitched roof area on the west side of the third floor and climbed onto the main house roof extension on the north side of the building in order to complete the roof work. He finished most of the west side roof area and, as he was climbing down from the main roof to the third level roof deck, Employee #1 lost his balance and fell. He landed on the sidewalk on the north side of the building. The general contractor summoned an emergency response unit and Employee #1 was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT. He sustained multiple anterior lobe brain contusions and fractures to his right arm (25 bone fractures), posterior basilar skull, and L2 and L3 vertebrae. He was hospitalized for ten days total, seven days in the intensive care unit and three days in a recovery room.
Keywords: fracture, roof, construction, skull, roofer, fall protection, arm, lost balance, vertebra, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 123156507 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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