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Accident: 310811054 - Employee Falls From Bridge And Fractures Spine

Accident: 310811054 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/13/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31081105404/17/20071622Otay River Constructors
On April 13, 2007, Employee #1 was working on a railway system he fell 38 ft from a bridge. Initially it was thought that Employee #1's fall protection system failed. Upon further investigation it was disclosed by the employer that the fall protection system had been anchored to the beam walkers at the foot level of Employee #1 and not overhead as dictated by the manufacturer's directions and ANZI Standards. Employee #1 sustained a fractured spine in the lower part of his back and will allow it to heal naturally. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: anchor, fracture, spine, construction, fall, fall protection, railroad
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Bridge New project or new addition $250,000 to $500,000 1 38
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310811054 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:38
Cause: Erecting structural steel
FatCause: Fall from/with structure (other than roof)

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