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Accident: 202508966 - Employee Fractures Vertabra In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 202508966 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 08/29/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31432968102/16/20121721Clean Coat Painting, Inc.,
At approximately 2:46 p.m. on August 29, 2011, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2 were working as painters, and they were painting the trim on an apartment building. Employee #1 was assigned the northwest corner of the building, and Coworkers #1 and #2 were painting the other corners of the building. Employee #1 placed a 24-foot extension ladder on a stack of plywood and climbed approximately 12 feet in order to access the trim located above a second story window. Within minutes of getting to his working position, Employee #1 felt the base of the ladder slide down behind him. Employee #1 slid down to the ground and landed feet first and then he collapsed to the ground. Employee #1 suffered a fractured vertebra. Coworkers #1 and #2 heard Employee #1 yell as he fell, so they descended their ladders and went to Employee #1's working location. Coworkers #1 and #2 arrived at Employee #1's location and called emergency services. Paramedics arrived and transported via medevac helicopter to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. Employee #1 was hospitalized for three days.
Keywords: fracture, extension ladder, ladder, back, fall, fall protection, painter, vertebra
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314329681 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:12
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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