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Accident: 202545745 - Demolition Worker Is Injured When Roof Collapses

Accident: 202545745 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 11/14/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31486635111/14/20131542Csa Constructors Inc
At approximately 7:05 a.m. on November 14, 2013, employee #1, a 58-year-old male with Csa Constructors Inc., was remodeling a commuter terminal at the American Airlines, Eagles Nest Commuter Terminal, at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline commuter terminal was still in operation, at the time of the incident. This required construction of temporary walls to separate airline passengers from the construction activity. Employees #1 and a coworker were removing a temporary wall that had served this purpose. The top track of the temporary wall had been attached to the ceiling with double sided tape, and they were removing the top track from the ceiling. The coworker was on a scissor lift, using a crow bar to pry the top track off the ceiling, and then he would hand the top track sections to employee #1 to stack them on the floor for later disposal. As the coworker was pried a section of top track from the ceiling, a (20 ft by 22 ft) suspended lath and stucco ceiling dislodged from the roof decking, where it had been secured with sheet metal screws, and fell onto Employee #1, knocking him to the ground and trapped him under the debris. The supervisor, who was about 10 ft away when the roof collapsed, went to help Employee #1 and lifted the ceiling enough for him get out from under the ceiling debris. Employee #1 sustained a fractured little toe on his right foot, and a left shoulder rotator tear he was treated and released from the emergency room and the coworker sustained a laceration to his left arm requiring sutures at a local industrial clinic.
Keywords: fracture, demolition, airport, construction, laceration, struck by, toe, falling object
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $250,000 to $500,000 1 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 314866351 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Demolition
FatCause: Collapse of structure

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