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Accident: 201798618 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Skylight Opening

Accident: 201798618 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 08/13/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30133291208/16/20041742R C Drywall Inc.
At approximately 12:00 noon on August 13, 2004, Employee #1, of R.C. Drywall, Inc., was told by his foreman-coworker to install plywood covers on skylights at a construction site in Downey, CA. As he was working, a piece of plywood became stuck in a skylight. Employee #1 was trying to free it when he fell 23 ft backward through the skylight, landing on a concrete floor. He was sustained five fractures in his left arm and five injured discs in his lower back. Employee #1 was transported to St Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CA, where he was hospitalized for a week. The skylight was not guarded. Employee #1 had 13 years of experience. The employer was cited for an cccident-related violation of T8CCR 1670(a).
Keywords: roof opening cover, skylight, fracture, installing, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, roof opening, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1 23
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 301332912 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:23
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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