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Accident: 201955705 - Employee Fractures Leg In Fall When Staircase Collapses

Accident: 201955705 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 03/31/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31311068604/01/20091531Fishbaugh And Sons Construction Company, Inc.
On March 31, 2009, Employee #1 was installing plumbing in a housing unit that was under construction. The housing unit was four-stories tall and was intended to be used as a dorm-room building on a university campus. Employee #1 accessed the second floor of the building by way of a newly installed set of stairs (19 steps). As he was about three steps from the top, the stair case collapsed and Employee #1 fell approximately 10 feet. Employee #1 landed on the concrete floor below, fracturing his right leg in twenty one places. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was hospitalized and treated for his injury. The accident investigation determined the root cause of the incident was due to the staircase being improperly anchored and braced during installation.
Keywords: fracture, building, collapse, construction, equipment failure, fall, work surface, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4 10
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 313110686 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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