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Accident: 202329405 - Employee Injured When Struck By Falling Bricks

Accident: 202329405 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 04/18/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30327425204/18/20011741J.E.J. Masonry Contractors, Inc.
Employee #1 was picking up paper that was blowing around the work site. It was a windy day with winds blowing in the range of 20 miles per hour and gusts to 28 miles per hour. A 60-foot-long and 24-inch-high section of decorative bricks that were newly laid blew off the 10 foot wall and struck Employee #1. She sustained contusions to her head and shoulders. The scaffolds were positioned on the inside of the building. This created the situation where the decorative brick was laid first, before the cinder block portion of the wall. Therefore, there was no structural tie-in created to help support the newly laid bricks, except for reinforcing wire that was not tied into anything except the courses of brick at the time of the wall collapse. A controlled access zone had not been established around the perimeter of the building where the courses of bricks and cinder blocks were being laid.
Keywords: head, high wind, shoulder, wall, collapse, brick, struck by, contusion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 303274252 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Collapse of structure
2 303274252 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Exterior masonry
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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