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Accident: 202469821 - Employee Fractures Vertebrae In Fall From Scaffold

Accident: 202469821 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 12/01/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482300612/06/20101521Steven Cornell
At approximately 12:39 p.m. on December 1, 2010, Employee #1 was working as a laborer on a residential construction site. The employer was the owner of the residence, who had employed 3 employees to build the foundation and frame the house using scaffolds, ladders and various hand tools. Employee #1 was working by himself, and was nailing plywood to the side of the house. Employee #1 climbed up on the working platform of a stationary scaffold that had two planks on it. The scaffold did not have any end rails, top rails or mid rails on it. Employee #1 bent over to pick up a nail gun and fell headfirst approximately 103 inches to the dirt below. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA. Employee #1 suffered fractures of the C7-T1 vertebrae and as a result, is a paraplegic. The Division issued a Serious citation for 1644(a)(7) due to the working platform only having 2 planks instead of three and also issued a Serious Accident Related citation for 1644(a)(6) for the scaffold not having any top, mid or end rails on it.
Keywords: fracture, paralysis, fall, fall protection, vertebra, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314823006 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:8
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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