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Accident: 202359360 - Employee Injured In Fall From Aerial Lift Basket

Accident: 202359360 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 09/30/2005
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30949256909/30/20051751F & L Construction, Llc
On September 30, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker were installing a window at the rear of a house. The coworker was using a Pettibone lift truck to raise Employee #1 in a 8 ft 4 in. by 4 ft lift basket that had 43 in. tall walls on three sides. The front of the basket was open; this side was not facing the area where Employee #1 was working, making it necessary for him to reach out of the basket to install the window. The front of the basket was approximately 5 feet from the rear wall of the house when Employee #1 fell approximately 16 ft onto the compacted ground. He suffered a fractured vertebra, for which he was hospitalized. Employee #1 was not using any form of fall protection while in the lift basket. It had been impossible to position the lift truck properly because the kitchen area, which extended out from the rest of the house, was in the way.
Keywords: fracture, installing, work rules, construction, fall, fall protection, vertebra, aerial lift, 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 3 27
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309492569 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:16
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from vehicle (vehicle/construction equipment)

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