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Accident: 202474417 - Employee Injured When Leg Impaled In Fall Onto Rebar

Accident: 202474417 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 09/05/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30718624710/03/20071741F.W.Hoffmeister Masonry & Concrete
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on September 5, 2007, Employee #1, a mason with F.W. Hoffmeister Masonry & Concrete, Inc., was working on a 4 ft by 2 ft by 18 ft brick column at a construction site in Covina, CA. He was situated on the first level of a two-story metal scaffold when the plank on which he was standing suddenly shifted. He free fell 8 ft to the ground, impaling his upper right thigh on some vertical rebar in front of the scaffold. He suffered a punture wound on his right leg and was transported to USC Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for three nights. Employee #1 was not using any form of fall protection, nor was the rebar capped with protective covers.
Keywords: cover, impaled, unsecured, work rules, construction, thigh, plank, fall, fall protection, scaffold
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 18
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 307186247 Hospitalized injury Puncture Construction laborers FallDist:
FallHt:18
Cause: Interior masonry
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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