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Accident: 201796828 - Employee Injured In Backward Fall From Platform

Accident: 201796828 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 10/17/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12609141204/18/20031731Systems Automated Controls Inc.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on October 17, 2002, Employee #1, of Systems Automated Controls, Inc., and his electrical supervisor were discussing where to run the electric cable and where to place the electrical boxes for an overhead monorail conveyor. As they were talking, Employee #1 backed up and fell 9 ft off a platform onto a concrete floor. He suffered a concussion and fractured vertebrae in his lower back. Employee #1 was transported to USC Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for five days. The electrical supervisor said that caution tape had been placed across the unprotected edge two or three days prior to the accident. The field supervisor for Systems Engineering and Design Industries, Inc., said that he had installed the 64 in. by 80 in. platform extension about one week prior to the accident and that he had placed three strips of caution tape across the unprotected edge until a guardrail or chains could be installed. The accident occurred on Employee #1's second day at the job site. Both Systems Automated Controls and Systems Engineering and Design Industries were cited for an accident-related violation of T8CCR 1621(a).
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, barrier guard, work rules, construction, fall, concussion, walking backward, elevated work plat, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126091412 Hospitalized injury Concussion Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:9
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with platform catwalk (attached to struc

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