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Report: Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet at BM3Construction in San Antonio, Texas
An employee was working on commercial roof to pick up a debris and materials. He picked up a piece of plywood put there by another contractor. He did not know it was covering a 4′ x 4′ hole, stepped in it, and fell 20 feet to the concrete below, breaking his right foot and requiring stitches on his left leg.
|Part of Body||530||Foot (feet), unspecified|
|Source||6542||Existing roof openings, other than skylights|
|Secondary Source||660||Floors, walkways, ground surfaces, unspecified|
|Event||4324||Fall through surface or existing opening 16 to 20 feet|
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