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Accident: 202447199 - Employee Paralyzed In Backward Fall From Roof

Accident: 202447199 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/06/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31060034109/07/20071761J J Roofing
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on August 6, 2007, Employee #1 and coworkers were sheeting single-ply plastic sheets on the roof of a building addition under construction. Access to the roof was by a secured ladder. At approximately 10:30 a.m., Employee #1, who was working with a coworker on the southeast corner of the roof, was ready to go on a break. He laid a sheet of paper and stepped backward over the lip of the building, falling 14 ft 11-1/2 in. and landing, head-first, on compacted dirt. Employee #1 suffered injuries that resulted in paralysis. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was admitted and hospitalized for approximately five days. Employee #1 was not using any form of fall protection.
Keywords: head, paralysis, roof, work rules, slip, construction, roofer, fall, fall protection, walking backward
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1 15
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310600341 Hospitalized injury Other Roofers FallDist:
FallHt:14
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall from roof

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