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Accident: 201570314 - Employee Killed In Fall Through Floor Opening

Accident: 201570314 -- Report ID: 0830500 -- Event Date: 12/07/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30207160012/07/19981751Rnc, Inc.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on December 4, 1998, a carpentry crew consisting of approximately eight employees was preparing to go home for the day. The entire day had been spent performing stick-framing activities on the three story residential home. The crew waited several minutes for Employee #1 to arrive at the company owner's truck. A few employees went to look for Employee #1 in the home. He was found in the basement unconscious but breathing. Employee #1 apparently fell through a sheet of plastic which had been placed over a hole in the floor to facilitate the heating of the basement area. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital where he died two days later of massive head injuries.
Keywords: head, floor hole, construction, fall, concussion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302071600 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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