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Accident: 202477907 - Employee Is Injured In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 202477907 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 10/29/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266958303/01/20121751Hih Construction Management
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Employee #1 was working for his employer, HIH Construction Management, located in Santa Fe Springs, CA. At approximately 9:00 a.m., Employee #1 began painting the interior walls of a warehouse that was being renovated. HIH hired a worker as a day laborer to assist Employee #1 with his painting duties. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Employee #1 was elevated approximately 16 feet above the ground, on a metal extension ladder, and was using the spray paint gun in a side to side motion. The ladder slipped away from the west wall of the empty warehouse, and Employee #1 fell 16 feet to the ground. According to Employee #1, he was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time. When Employee #1 regained consciousness, he walked to the restroom and realized the seriousness of his injury, when he saw flesh hanging from his chin. Employee #1 called for paramedics. He was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CA, where he was hospitalized for two nights for treatment of his injuries. Injuries included blunt facial trauma and blunt lower extremity trauma, accompanied by lacerations. No one witnessed the accident. The employer reported the incident to the Division three days and 21 hours after it occurred. The fire department also reported the incident to the Division.
Keywords: unconsciousness, ladder, slip, construction, laceration, fall, face, painter
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312669583 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:16
Cause: Interior painting and decorating
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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