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Accident: 85400.015 - Employee Falls 30 Feet And Later Dies From Injuries

Accident: 85400.015 -- Report ID: 0316100 -- Event Date: 05/09/2016
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1142602.01503/16/2016Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
At 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2016, a construction engineer went to an area located in an alley at the rear of a building under construction/renovation, in order to inspect an electrical control panel associated with the building alarm system. The control panel was located on the building's exterior wall and inside an area which was partially enclosed by standard tubular guardrails. An access opening in the guradrails had been provided and temporary wooden guardrails covered the opening, however, the wooden top rail was missing. The employee stepped over the remaining midrail onto a temporary 3/4 OSB plywood hatch cover. The cover, which was heavily weathered and degraded, gave way under the employee's weight and the employee fell 30 feet down through an area way to the concrete floor below.As a result of his fall, the engineer suffered a fractured leg, ribs and spine, a punctured lung and lacerations to his face. Two months after the accident, while receiving treatment for these accident-related injuries, the employee died.
Keywords: access/egress, fall, guardrail, fall protection
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 12 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1142602.015 70 M Fatality Cut/Laceration Engineering technicians, n.e.c. FallDist:
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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