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Carpenter dies after falling 10 feet from a step ladder/porch floor - South Carolina, March 23, 1994.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Jun; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00221242
Abstract
This report concerned the death of a 37 year old male carpenter who fell 10 feet, striking his head on a concrete block retaining wall. The employer was a house framing contractor that had been in business for 19 years, employing five workers, three of whom were carpenters. There was a written safety program, but the program was incomplete regarding specific guardrail requirements. The victim had been employed for 2 days prior to the accident. On the day of the accident, workers proceeded to different parts of the house to clean up. The victim was last observed standing part way up an 8 foot high fiberglass step ladder on a second floor porch. The ladder was positioned with the ladder steps facing toward the open side of the porch, about 1 foot from its edge. He was using the ladder to access the porch ceiling rafters, affixing pieces of wood to the rafters in preparation for hanging sheetrock. The victim either fell from the ladder or fell getting off the ladder, and struck his head on the retaining wall. He was found unconscious but breathing. Two days later, he was pronounced brain dead, and he died after life support was discontinued. The cause of death was listed as subdural hemorrhage. Recommendations included providing adequate guarding for open sided floors, platforms, and runways; reviewing and revising existing safety programs; conducting scheduled and unscheduled worksite inspections; and encouraging workers to actively participate in workplace safety.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-94-12; Head-injuries; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Ladders; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19940606
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB94-218211
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-94-12
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-94-12, 5 pages, 1 reference
State
SC; WV
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