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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170380364 Event: 10/20/1998Employee'S Wrist Shattered In Fall From Ladder
Employee #1, an iron worker at a construction site, was assembling a sheet metal aircraft hangar. He was using a 24 ft Alaco industrial aluminum extension ladder that was clamped to the building to descend from the roof. As Employee #1 got on the ladder, he moved it vertically, causing the latches to release and the ladder to collapse. He fell approximately 19 ft 8 in. to the ground, suffering a shattered right wrist, two fractured ribs, and a broken collarbone. His wrist required surgical pins to facilitate healing.
Keywords: extension ladder, collapse, unsecured, iron worker, work rules, collarbone, construction, descending, fall, wrist
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125509919 Hospitalized injury Fracture Structural metal workers

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