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Accident: 202479499 - Electrical Worker Is Injured In 12 Ft Fall From A Ladder

Accident: 202479499 -- Report ID: 0950644 -- Event Date: 11/14/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12620048412/02/20131731S & Sons Electrical Contractors Corp
At approximately 9:14 a.m. on November 14, 2013, Employee #1, a 49-year-old male, electrician, with S & Sons Electrical Contractors Corp, was servicing fluorescent light fixtures in the warehouse by replacing light bulbs and ballasts. Employee #1 used insulated pliers and a 12-ft, non- conductive, fiberglass ladder manufactured by Werner (model number was NXT A12) with a load capacity of 300 pounds. The light fixtures were located approximately (12 ft and 10 in.) from the floor. Employee #1 removed a light bulb and cut wires while he was standing on the ladder. Employee #1 grabbed the top of a light fixture with his left hand and was trying to remove a bolt with pliers, when he felt an electric shock. This caused Employee #1 to fall from the ladder and he landed on the concrete floor below. Employee #1 sustained hip fracture and scalp laceration in the event. A primary root cause to this incident was due to electrical equipment not being de-energized before servicing light fixtures. S & Sons Electrical Contractors Corp was an electrical contractor and Employee #1 had been employed by S & Sons Electrical Contractors as an electrician, since August 2010.
Keywords: ballast--lighting, fracture, electrical, electrician, ladder, lighting fixture, electrical work, lighting, fall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126200484 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electricians FallDist:
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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