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Accident: 202448569 - Employee Fractures Leg In Fall When Ladder Slips Out

Accident: 202448569 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 01/16/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31060207303/04/20081751Twr Enterprises
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 16, 2008, Employee #1 was using a 12 ft extension ladder to attach wall sheeting at the site of an apartment complex under construction. The ladder had been extended to approximately 9 ft and had been secured to the wall with nails along the top rung. In preparation for moving the ladder to a new location, Employee #1 removed the bracing nails. He was halfway down the ladder when it slipped out and he fell, with the ladder, to the ground. Employee #1 suffered a fractured right fibula and tibia, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, extension ladder, unsecured, blocks, work rules, slip, construction, fall, bracing, leg
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 3 35
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310602073 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:4
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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