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Accident: 202586848 - Employee Sustains Multiple Fractures In Fall From Roof

Accident: 202586848 -- Report ID: 0950614 -- Event Date: 04/19/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31531368404/22/20111541Jose Mendoza Dba Jose Mendoza Painting Co.
On April 12, 2011, Employer #2, a homeowner, hired Employer #1, an unlicensed contractor, to paint parts of Employer #2's house. Employer #1 went to a paint store in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland to purchase paint, and hired Employee #1 at that location. Employee #1 was a 54-year-old painter with 20 years of experience, and had never worked for either Employer #1 or Employer #2. At the worksite, Employee #1 was assigned to paint the chimney on the outside of the house. Employee #1 placed a ladder to the right side of the chimney and climbed on to the roof. He then used a rope to haul supplies to the roof. Employee #1 was lifting a board up with the rope and slipped on the wet roof. Employee #1 slid down the front side of the roof. He tried to grab hold of the rafters on the roof, but was unable to stop his fall. Employee #1 fell approximately 17 feet into a rhododendron bush located below Employee #1's working position. Employee #1 sustained multiple injuries from the fall, including five rib fractures on his left side, an orbital fracture on the left side, and a fractured left clavicle. At the beginning of the work day, Employee #1 had driven his own vehicle to the worksite. Approximately 10 minutes after the accident, Employer #1 drove Employee #1 to Employee #1's house in his vehicle. Employees from another worksite followed the vehicle to Employee #1's house in order to drive Employer #1 back to the worksite. Employer #1 did not implement use of fall protection or fall protection systems when assigning work to employees at elevated work locations with known exposed unprotected leading edges of the roof. Employer #1 also did not ensure the availability of emergency medical services for this injured employee at the time of injury.
Keywords: fracture, roof, collarbone, ladder, health care facility, rib, fall, fall protection, face
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 2 25
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 315313684 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painters, construction and maintenance FallDist:
FallHt:18
Cause: Exterior painting
FatCause: Fall from roof

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