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Accident: 202542163 - Window Installer Is Injured After Stepping In Floor Opening

Accident: 202542163 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 09/15/2010
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31485800209/30/20101793Bruce Hwang Dba Kim'S Glass
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on September 15, 2010, an employee was working for a firm that installed windows, glass, and doors at commercial and residential buildings. The employer had been hired to install windows and a door at a single-family dwelling. The employee was working as a window installer for the employer, and he did not have any supervisory responsibilities. On the day of the accident, the injured employee was approaching a window opening. As he walked toward the window, he accidently stepped in an opening in the floor made for an HVAC vent. The opening was 24 inches long, 6 inches wide, and approximately 21 inches deep. The employee lost his balance and fell forward toward a windowsill. His hand and arm were cut by broken glass. He sustained an 8-cm laceration with muscle avulsion to the left upper extremities. Paramedics were called, and the employee was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center for surgery and medical treatment.
Keywords: unguarded fl opening, degloved, construction, laceration, walking surface, floor opening, arm, lost balance, hand, unguarded
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 2 25
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314858002 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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