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Accident: 202540001 - Employee Is Paralyzed In Fall From Ladder

Accident: 202540001 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 12/09/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30086945012/12/20081521Tso Construction Inc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on December 9, 2008, Employee #1, a construction laborer, was instructed to install a rain gutter along the roof edge of a two-story single family residence. He used a metal extension ladder to reach the work area, which measured at 18-feet high. While Employee #1 was standing on the ladder, installing rain gutters along the roof's edge, he fell. As Employee #1 fell, he struck his head against a corner of the first floor and then against the concrete floor below. Employee #1 was taken to UCLA Hospital, where he was hospitalized and treated for a spinal injury, causing paralysis. The incident investigation revealed that the lower part of ladder was tied but the upper section facing the second floor was not due the building was glassed in with paneling. Additionally, Employee #1 was not wearing any fall protection the ladder used was with missing a shoe.
Keywords: paralysis, building, spine, ladder, construction, equipment failure, back, fall, fall protection, tie-off
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 2 18
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 300869450 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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