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Accident: 3808.015 - Employee Falls While Cutting Joists And Is Killed

Accident: 3808.015 -- Report ID: 0522000 -- Event Date: 10/06/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
107481.01510/11/2011Dean A. Bowman Construction, Inc.
At 4:00 p.m. on October 6, 2011, an employee was saw cutting joist laid flat on the stud wall with a circular saw. The project consisted of the construction of a new two story, residential stick-built house, with a two person framing crew working alone on site. Employee #1 was on the second floor adjacent to a stairwell to the basement, which was uncovered and unprotected at both the first and second floor levels. Employee #1 was cutting joists by extending the ends of each joist into the stairwell opening to allow for an unrestricted area for the saw to cut the joists. While cutting the joists, Employee #1 apparently lost his balance and fell 17 feet and 10 inches to the basement level resulting in a fatal head injury. Employee #2 was working on the first floor when he heard the employee fall. Employee #2 went to his aid and called 911. First responders found Employee #1 unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: stair, residential construction, fall, circular saw
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition   2 17 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 107481.015 50 M Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Other Activities-Installing Ornamental And Archite

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