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Accident: 570853 - Fell Through Floor Opening After Losing Balance

Accident: 570853 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 05/20/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
237385005/20/19851791Construction Supply & Erection
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF PLACING 3 SUPPORT BEAMS ACROSS AN EXISTING FIRST LEVEL FLOOR HOLE. THE HOLE WAS LOCATED 15 FEET ABOVE THE LOWER LEVEL. THE WOODEN GUARDRAILS HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED AS FALL PROTECTION. GUARDRAIL STANCHIONS HAD HAD BEEN NAILED IN PLACE. THE GUARD RAILS PREVENTED ACCESS TO THE FLOOR HOLE AND INTERFERED WITH THE BEAM LIFTING DEVICE AND THE PLACEMENT OF BEAMS. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS REMOVING A GUARDRAIL STANCHION. INSTEAD OF USING A WRECKING BAR, HE ATTEMPTED TO LOOSEN THE STANCHION BY KICKING AT IT. THE STANCHION SPRANG BACK AND STRUCK THE EMPLOYEE. HE LOST HIS BALANCE AND FELL 15 FEET TO THE LOWER LEVEL.
Keywords: guardrail, construction, fall, floor opening, lost balance
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2373850 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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