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Accident: 202339735 - Carpenter Injured In Epileptic Fall Descending Ladder

Accident: 202339735 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 12/09/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30705136712/09/20031751Grove Construction Company
On Decemebr 9, 2003, Employee #1 was working on the second floor of a new house under construction when he told his foreman that he was feeling dizzy. He began climbing down an 8 ft stepladder to the first floor when he fell approximately 5 ft to the bottom, striking his head against a lumber pile. The cause of Employee #1's fall was an epileptic seizure, a problem he had experienced since he was 6years old. The staircase to reach the second floor had not yet been installed and the stepladder did not extend at least 3 ft above the level of the second floor. In addition, its top step was being used as a way to access the second floor level.
Keywords: head, carpenter, stepladder, ladder, construction, seizure, descending, dizziness, fall, unstable position
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 11
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307051367 Hospitalized injury Concussion Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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