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Accident: 202529178 - Employee Is Injured In Fall From Ceiling

Accident: 202529178 -- Report ID: 0950635 -- Event Date: 01/21/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30991232702/02/20091731Seems Mechanical Corp
At 12:30 p.m. on January 21, 2009, Employee #1, an electrician of Seems Mechanical Corporation, was working at a storage facility searching for a set of controls for the outside night lights on the building. He believed the controls might be in the attic on the second floor of the storage facility (he did not know that he could work on these switches from a panel on the first floor). Employee #1 placed a plank across the raised box containing the acoustic tile, which was a suspended t-bar support grid over the drop ceiling for the first floor. The board moved, and he lost his balance. He fell approximately 13 ft through the acoustical ceiling to the first floor. Employee #1 fell on his head and left forearm, suffered bleeding on the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage), a left forearm compound fracture, air in the chest cavity (pneumothorax), and a lacerated spleen. He was hospitalized for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the fall.
Keywords: chest, fracture, spleen, ceiling, floor hole, forearm, fall, fall protection, concussion, unguarded
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 309912327 Hospitalized injury Concussion Electricians FallDist:
FallHt:13
Cause: Installing plumbing, lighting fixtures
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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