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Accident: 202447223 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Roof Opening

Accident: 202447223 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 08/01/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31060056409/20/20071761Four Seasons Roofing
At approximately 12:20 p.m. on August 1, 2007, Employee #1 was tarring the roof of a single-story building under construction. To access the roof, he had to climb a ladder up through a 2.5 ft square roof opening that had been cut to receive an HVAC unit. The opening had a 1.5 ft high metal curb around it, with a 3 ft long, loose metal strip lying across it. While on the roof, Employee #1 noticed a soda can sitting on the metal strip, and later stated that he bent over to pick up the can. He then fell 18 ft through the opening, landing on a concrete surface. He sustained multiple injuries and was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for approximately five days. The precise circumstances surrounding this accident could not be determined becuase Employee #1's memory of it was indistinct. He also later stated that the ladder he had climbed to reach the roof was not secured.
Keywords: roof opening cover, head, unsecured, work rules, ladder, construction, fall, fall protection, roof opening, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant New project or new addition $500,000 to $1,000,000 1 18
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310600564 Hospitalized injury Other Roofers FallDist:
FallHt:18
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Fall, other

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