A construction worker sustained traumatic injuries after falling from a steel structure at Palo Alto High School Tuesday morning, April 17, a spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has confirmed.
The 24-year-old employee of Cold Steel Erectors, Inc. of San Lorenzo, Calif., was spreading steel decking on the second floor of a classroom structure that is under construction when the accident occurred, Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Patricia Ortiz said. She said she could not provide the worker's name.
The man fell 13 feet, 8 inches onto the concrete floor and sustained a broken hip and a facial bone fracture. He will require surgery, she said.
Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said the man was taken to Stanford University Medical Center. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 7:56 a.m. City dispatch communications at that time indicated he was bleeding from his head and mouth.
Ortiz said Cal/OSHA's Foster City district office was notified about the accident at 9:24 a.m. She said there were no witnesses and it is not known if he had protection on him at the time of the fall. She confirmed that Cal/OSHA would have an inspector at the site this afternoon.
"Often the initial information is incomplete or inaccurate. The investigation in part is to find out what's going on," she said. If an investigation is done, it will take two to four months to complete, she said.
A spokesperson for Cold Steel Erectors could not immediately be reached.