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Accident: 202518262 - Employee Is Injured When Impaled By Wood During Fall

Accident: 202518262 -- Report ID: 0950624 -- Event Date: 10/02/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31257221712/12/20081622Ca Dept Of Transportation, Cal Trans
On October 2, 2008, an employee was positioning up on a 10-ft step ladder preparing to attach a sign to the post. The employee lost their balance and fell against the post and then fell off the ladder. As the employee fell into the post, a splintered section of the treated wood post broke free and impaled itself into the employee's stomach. The employee underwent surgery and was hospitalized.
Keywords: abdomen, impaled, ladder, struck against, construction, fall, falling object, lost balance, stomach, work surface
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Maintenance or repair Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312572217 Hospitalized injury Puncture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Fencing, installing lights, signs, etc.
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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