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Accident: 202657409 - Worker Falls Over Retaining Wall While Fleeing Swarm Of Bees

Accident: 202657409 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 03/15/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31666951404/11/20131742Quality Plastering Inc.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on March 15, 2013, Employee #1, a plasterer employed by Quality Plastering Inc., was working at a new residential construction site. He was applying a finish coat of plaster to a retaining wall. A swarm of bees appeared. Employee #1 attempted to run from the swarm. He slipped and fell over the wall, incurring serious injury. Employee #1 was transported to Cottage Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for a right elbow fracture and a right arm fracture. He required hospitalization for three days. The employer notified Cal/OSHA at 5:34 p.m. on March 16, 2013. Cal/OSHA initiated its investigation on April 11, 2013. It was determined that Employee #1 had been working for the company for approximately 11 years. On the day of the fall, he was performing his normal duties while working in close proximity to a supervisor and coworkers. Interviews conducted with Employee #1, his supervisor, and coworkers established, and the Cal/OSHA report concluded, that Employee #1 fell over the retaining wall as he attempted to escape a swarm of bees.
Keywords: fracture, installing, bee sting, slip, construction, coating operation, fall, arm, elbow, retaining wall
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 1 6
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316669514 Hospitalized injury Fracture Plasterers FallDist:
FallHt:4
Cause: Plastering
FatCause: Fall, other

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