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Accident: 98697.015 - Employee Struck Sandbar While Body Surfing And Is Paralized

Accident: 98697.015 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 08/17/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1260678.01509/01/2017City Of Carlsbad
At 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2017, a life guard employee was assigned to Tower 2. One of three lifeguard stations on a 0.7 mile stretch of beach from Oak Ave on t he south end to the inlet to Buena Vista Lagoon to the north, and west of Ocean Street. The employees have a tall mound of sand that they use as a temporary "t ower" at Towers 2 and 3, from which to scan the beach and ocean to provide rescu e services to the public. The employees are provided a large canopy structure f or shade, and beach chairs. At Tower 1, located in front of the Army Navy Acade my, there is an actual wooden tower enclosed structure used by the city lifeguar ds with a storage locker below. Lifeguards are assigned to their "tower" for th e day, and are relieved periodically throughout the day by a roving team on eith er ATV's or in the lifeguard truck. At the time of the accident, the employee h ad been relieved by lifeguard coworker and was engaged in physical training. Li feguards are expected to engage in physical training during their paid breaks, w hich can include activities at the employee's discretion such as running on the beach, swimming in the ocean, paddling a paddle board, and board surfing or body surfing. The employee was seriously injured when he struck his neck and shoulde r against the sandbar where he was body surfing, and was rendered unconscious an d was seen by a nearby boogie-boarder, who saw him floating face down. The witn ess waved down help when he realized the employee was unconscious, and two cowor kers responded to the scene to perform rescue procedures and to stabilize the em ployee for transport. The employee regained consciousness but communicated that he was paralyzed. He suffered a spinal cord injury and vertebrae fractures to C4 , C5 and C6. He had bruising on the spinal cord at C2. He was hospitalized at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, for about 2 weeks, where he had surgeries to inst all plates, pins, and spacers and stabilizers. He was transferred to a spinal c ord rehabilitation hospital in Colorado for further treatment.
Keywords: back, neck, paralysis, spine, struck against, vertebra
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature
1 1260678.015 26 M Hospitalized injury

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