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Accident: 202544631 - Employee Falls 16 Feet To The Ground

Accident: 202544631 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 12/08/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31486331702/05/20131541Charles Pankow Builders Ltd
On December 8, 2012, Employee #1 of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd., was performing his normal assigned activity. Employee #1 was sweeping on the first level. As he was sweeping, he was walking backwards and bumped into a piece of 3/4 inch plywood that was covering a floor opening. The size of the floor opening was approximately 2 feet, 6 inches by 5 feet, 8 inches. As Employee #1 stepped back, his foot hit the covering and displaced it. According to interviews, the covering was not nailed or secured in any way to prevent displacement. Employee #1 stepped on the covering and fell through the opening to the parking level (P1) below. The fall height was approximately 16 feet to the concrete floor below the opening. Employee #1 was hospitalized at UCLA Hospital for two days where he was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture, a renal laceration, and contusions. The cause of the accident was that the floor opening covering was not secured against displacement.
Keywords: fracture, floor hole, laceration, fall, concussion
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $20,000,000 and over 7 75
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314863317 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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