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Accident: 202494134 - Worker Installling Flue Is Killed In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 202494134 -- Report ID: 0215000 -- Event Date: 07/28/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31473904607/28/20101711Sure Heet Chimney Repair And Cleaning Company Inc.
On July 28, 2010, Employee #1 was removing a flue and installing a replacement flue, a job that takes one day. The old flue had been removed and the new flue had been fastened to an exterior wall. Only the cap remained to be added. Employee #1 was climbing an exterior permanent (fixed) fire escape ladder to give a hand tool, a non-battery-powered screwdriver, to a coworker who was standing on a landing. When Employee #1 reached the top of the ladder, he inexplicably fell backward. His leg caught on the railing of the lower fire escape level, and he flipped and fell headfirst. In all, he fell three stories to the concrete below. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: head, maintenance, ladder, struck against, heat exchanger, fall, fall protection, lost balance
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 3 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314739046 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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