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Painter dies after 35-foot fall from scaffold - Tennessee, November 21, 1994.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1995 Apr; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00227187
Abstract
A 60 year old male painter foreman died after falling from a 35 foot scaffold at a commercial painting site. The employer had been contracted to scrape, prepare, and repaint the window frames and roof eaves of a church. On the day of the accident, the victim was working from the scaffold scraping the eaves while his coworker was working from an extension ladder finishing the windows. The coworker was gathering equipment and placing them in a tool basket to be raised to the victim who was returning to the scaffold following a lunch break. The victim fell between the edge of the floor board and the outside of the scaffold, falling approximately 15 feet, striking a cross brace on the scaffold, flipping to the outside and falling an additional 20 feet. The cause of death was traumatic shock from closed head trauma, ruptured spleen, and blunt force trauma. Recommendations were made to provide adequate guarding on scaffolding and ensure its proper set up, to ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is available and used when there is a fall danger, and that employers encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-95-06; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Painting; Scaffolds; Safety-measures; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19950411
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-241097
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-95-06
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 Number FACE-95-06, 5 pages, 2 references
State
TN; WV
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