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Accident: 202556759 - Painter Falls From Ladder And Fractures Wrist And Hip

Accident: 202556759 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 08/21/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31714329509/03/20131721Monaco Painting, Inc.
On August 21, 2013, Employee #1, a painter employed by Monaco Painting, Inc., was painting the exterior of a three-story commercial building. He was performing some final touch-ups to the exterior paint. He was using a 32-foot long aluminum extension ladder extended against an exterior wall. During the subsequent investigation, Employee #1 stated that he had set up the bottom of the ladder in a planter soil bed and tested the footing by shaking the ladder in place. He thought the ladder was on a firm footing. He began to climb the ladder. As he approached the top of the ladder, it started to shift to the right. At first it shifted slowly, and Employee #1 tried unsuccessfully to grab onto some window ledges. The ladder then began to shift more rapidly. Employee #1 fell off the ladder and fell a height of approximately 12 feet onto an asphalt surface. He was transported to the hospital, admitted, and treated for fractures to his right wrist and right hip. He was hospitalized for 2 days. The investigation determined that Employee #1 was a regular employee, not a contract employee. The employer was engaged in painting operations for commercial and residential buildings.
Keywords: fracture, extension ladder, wall, construction, fall, fall protection, painter, hip, unstable position, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 3
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317143295 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from/with ladder

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