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Accident: 97396.015 - Two Workers, In Separate Incidents, Fall Through Floor Openi

Accident: 97396.015 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 04/05/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1223016.01504/05/2017Method Construction, Llc
On two occasions Employee #1 and Employee #2, employed by a construction company, were working at a commercial building under renovation. In the first incident, on March 18, 2017, Employee #1 was conducting a walk through of a building unit prior to installation of cabinets. Employee #1 lifted a board from the floor and fell through an opening that the board was covering and down to a concrete subfloor, a fall height of 4 feet. In the second incident, on April 13, 2017, Employee #2 was sweeping up trash and other debris from an area where the building's trash compactor was scheduled to be installed. The employee stepped back and fell through a floor opening not covered by a floor board, a fall height of approximately 10 feet. In both incidents, the injured employee was transported to the hospital and treated for bruising, muscle strains, and lacerations. During the subsequent investigations, it was determined that the work zones were poorly lighted, and the floor openings were poorly marked and not properly secured.
Keywords: sprain, unsecured, construction, floor opening, housekeeping, lighting, laceration, floor hole, fall, board
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $5,000,000 to $20,000,000 5 50
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 1223016.015 47 F Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)
2 1223016.015 64 M Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Janitors and cleaners FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Temporary work (buildings, facilities)
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

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