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Accident: 202493458 - Employee Suffers Multiple Fractures When Barn Roof Collapses

Accident: 202493458 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 06/07/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31651513906/20/20121791Leland Allen Spangler Dba Spangler Steel Structure
On June 7, 2012, Employee #1, of Leland Allen Spangler dba Spangler Steel Structure, Lincoln, CA, was working on the roof of an old steel barn. He was removing steel roofing panels and the rusty purlins underneath, in preparation for replacing the panels and expanding the size of the structure. As Employee #1 was removing roof panel retaining screws, the bolt(s) holding a purlin sheared. The purlin collapsed, followed by the roof collapsing. Employee #1 fell from the roof and landed on a concrete slab 19 feet 6 inches below. Employee #1 was taken by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. He was determined to have suffered multiple fractures that required multiple surgeries and more than 30 days of hospitalization. He was expected to require many months of subsequent physical therapy. When the roof collapsed, Employee #2, also working on the roof, clung to a purlin and narrowly escaped falling. Neither Employee #1 nor Employee #2 was working above 20 feet, the minimum height for required fall protection in this situation. Neither employee was using fall protection.
Keywords: roof collapse, fracture, roof, construction, bolt, roofer, fall protection, sheared, roof panel
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation $50,000 to $250,000 1 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316515139 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers FallDist:
Cause: Roofing
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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