Worker falls from steel structure at Paly

Man taken to Stanford Medical Center with traumatic injuries

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.


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Posted by Hope He's OK
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Praying that he is OK and recovers from his injuries.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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Posted by lazlo
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Still no story from the Palo Alto Weekly or Palo Alto Daily on the traumatic injuries suffered on a Palo Alto jobsite in December resulting in the death of a contract employee working as a City of Palo Alto Building Inspector. Even when notified of this incident, The Weekly and Daily tabloids ran no story due to ignorance, bias, or prejudice of government employees. The Weekly and Daily chose not to pursue or obtain additional information from the City of Palo Alto regarding this tragic event leaving one to question the journalistic integrity of these print media swill merchants.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of University South
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Let's keep this man in our prayers and wish him and his family well during what is obviously a very difficult time.

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Posted by Solon
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

What was the name of the person who DIED in December? How did a building inspector die?


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Posted by Deep Throat
a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

lazlo: Did the Daily Post write about the incident you mention? If not, you might want to contact the Daily Post about the story.

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Posted by Gail
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I heard that a building inspector died in a fall while inspecting a new house being built on Waverley Street, near Lowell. I never saw an article in the newspaper about it. The house is still under construction. The house looks like a Taco Bell. Talk about bad fung shui. Yikes.

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Posted by lazlo
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

The print media tabloids in Palo Alto were notified by a concerned citizen of the tragic event involving a contract employee working as a City of Palo Alto Building Inspector shortly after the incident occured. What is even more disgusting about this event is that the City of Palo Alto Information Officer, City Manager, Human Resource Director, Building Official, or any city official having information of this tragedy failed to acknowledge or notify the public or convey their condolences regarding this tragic accident.

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Posted by Carlito Waysman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:43 am

Oh yeah, the house under construction on Waverley/Lowell had another work related accident last December, only thing I know is that a City Inspector fell through an elevator shaft, almost landed on top of a latino worker laboring in the bottom of the shaft; I did not know that the Inspector did not make it though. It beats me how this type of accident was let to happen, I am a civil engineer and know that you have more chances of falling into an elevator shaft if you are an elevator technician, other than that, at all times there should be a barrier around and open elevator shaft, with warning signs all around.

Somebody said that it looks like a Taco Bell house; well the new chinese owners wanted to blend in with the new houses on the same block, but, why build a 5 ft wall next to the sidewalk?

With all these on the job accidents going on, I wonder how good the enforcement of safety regulations are in the City ongoing construction sites. Are the contractors cutting corners to make the most profit by steering their mostly undocumented workers to hurry up and disregard any concern for safety? Or as many have indicated in the past that the Developers are the ones running the City of Palo Alto.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Prayers that this man will recover.

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