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Accident: 875229 - Employee Injured In Fall Through Elevator Shaft Opening

Accident: 875229 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/22/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11980956403/29/19931541Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders Inc
At about 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 22, 1993, Employee #1 of Harbison Mahoney & Higgins was working at a construction site for a phone company operations center in Roseville, CA. He was placing sandbags around an elevator shaft (protected by guardrails) and cleaning up in preparation for a storm. He somehow fell through or over the railing and onto the visqueen covering the opening, then through the visqueen to the bottom of the elevator pit in the basement 19 feet below. If he had been working inside the railing, he would have tied-off with the safety belt and lanyard he was wearing. Employee #1 was given first aid and taken by life flight to UC Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. He was treated for broken ribs and collarbone and a severe laceration on the left arm.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, work rules, collarbone, construction, laceration, fall, fall protection, arm, tie-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119809564 Fatality Cut/Laceration Carpenters

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