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Accident: 202343349 - Three Employees Injured In Stair Collapse

Accident: 202343349 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 04/16/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30552757404/16/20031521Renovation Masters, Inc.
On April 16, 2003, Employees #1, #2, and #3, carpentry contractors, were carrying a 5-ft by 6-ft window with double paned glass down the temporary stairs from the second floor to the first floor. The employees were removing an existing window from the house. A different window was being installed because the homeowner was not satisfied with the window that had been installed in the master bedroom on the second floor. While carrying the window down the temporary stairs, the stairway collapsed under the men. The two employees in the lead were approximately three steps from the landing. The employees fell approximately 12 to 15 ft to the concrete basement floor. Employee #1 received a compressed vertebra and a fractured leg, and Employees #2 and #3 received bruises and contusions from the fall. The employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, stair, collapse, carpenter, construction, fall, vertebra, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 3 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 305527574 Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure
2 305527574 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Collapse of structure
3 305527574 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fall, other

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