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Accident: 202355863 - Employee Falls Through Floor Opening And Is Hospitalized

Accident: 202355863 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 11/10/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30813000411/10/20041751F G Carpentry Inc
On November 10, 2004, an employee was cutting a piece of plywood for a floor hole cover while leaning over the unguarded hole. The employee lost his balance, and fell headfirst, approximately 10 feet through the hole. He struck his head on the concrete slab of the basement floor. He sustained a concussion. The employee was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. On November 15, he was transferred to the National Rehabilitation Center in Washington, DC. An accident investigation revealed that the employees were not trained in fall prevention and the hazards associated with elevated work areas.
Keywords: head, carpenter, floor hole, construction, fall, fall protection, floor opening, concussion, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 2 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 308130004 Hospitalized injury Concussion Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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