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Accident: 823765 - Employee Injured In Fall From Balcony

Accident: 823765 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 10/27/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10438955610/17/19881761Trp Construction Company
Starting at approximately 7:00 a.m., Employee #1 and a crew of siding mechanics had been installing exterior siding and trim on the rear of building #15 in the Cramwell Fountain Condominium Complex. He was working from a 6 ft manufactured wooden stepladder, installing a soffit on a third-floor balcony. While descending the ladder to the floor of the balcony, he slipped on loose nails and debris and fell approximately 18 ft 6 in. to packed earth. As he fell, he grabbed a metal lifting flange mounted into the side of the balcony, lacerating his hands. He landed feet first and tried to stand up, then apparently lost consciousness momentarily, but responded after a few seconds. He was transported by ambulance to Harbor General Hospital, where he was examined, treated, and released. Lack of guardrails contributed to this accident.
Keywords: unconsciousness, guardrail, stepladder, work rules, slip, construction, descending, fall, housekeeping, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104389556 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Construction trades, n.e.c.

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