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Accident: 202539334 - Employee Is Injured In Fall Through Hatch Opening

Accident: 202539334 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 03/03/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12620128403/03/20081799Paramount Scaffold Inc
On March 3, 2008, Employee #1 (a foreman) and a coworker for Paramount Scaffold were erecting a frame scaffold on the east side of a multi-story steel-frame building that was under construction. Employee #1 and the coworker were staging scaffolding components on the roof of the Seminar Room and were going to erect a scaffold adjacent the east side exterior wall. As the coworker was handing scaffold planks to Employee #1, Employee #1 stepped backwards onto a piece of metal decking that was covering a hatch cover. The cover became displaced, and Employee #1 fell through the hatch opening down 13 feet to the concrete floor. Employee #1 sustained a fractured left elbow that required hospitalization and surgery. The hatch cover was neither properly labeled nor secured as required.
Keywords: fracture, cover, unsecured, hatch, work rules, construction, fall, walking backward, unstable position, warning sign
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 2 42
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126201284 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors; carpenters and related workers FallDist:
FallHt:13
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from roof

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