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Accident: 96656.015 - Worker Carrying Cylinder Falls From Ladder And Fractures His

Accident: 96656.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 02/06/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1234930.01505/22/2017Precision Temperature Inc
At 11:15 a.m. on February 6, 2017, Employee #1, a crew leader, and Coworker #1, a helper, both employed by a heating and air conditioning company, were working at a warehouse. They were assigned to finish an equipment installation job by r eplacing two roof HVAC units. The bottom half of the fixed ladder to the roof w as blocked by a metal storage rack measuring about 9 feet 8 inches in height. E mployee #1 used a rolling staircase and climbed its seven steps to the landing p latform. He then climbed over the metal guardrails and onto the top shelf of th e metal storage rack. Coworker #1, who was standing on the rolling staircase, h anded Employee #1 a compressed gas cylinder containing nitrogen that Employee #1 planned to use to leak-test the HVAC units. The gas cylinder weighed approxima tely 35 pounds and measured about 19 inches in height. As Employee #1 shifted t o the fixed ladder and began to climb with the gas tank in one hand. Near the t op of the ladder, he fell, hit the storage rack, continued falling and landed on the concrete floor, a fall height of approximately 17 feet. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to the hospital. He was admitted and treated for a transverse fracture of his lower back (lumbar).
Keywords: back, compressed gas, construction, cylinder, fall, fall protection, fixed ladder, fracture, ladder, roof
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building Alteration or rehabilitation   1 17
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1234930.015 30 M Hospitalized injury Installers And Repairers FallDist: 17
FallHt:17
Cause: Installing equipment (HVAC and other)
FatCause:

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