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Migrant worker killed in 22-foot fall inside building.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1998 May; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026362
Abstract
A 35-year-old male (the victim) died when he fell 22.5 feet from the third floor of a warehouse to the concrete floor of the first level. The building was being renovated, and the victim had been cleaning on the third floor, which extended only about halfway across the building. The edge of the floor on which the victim had been working was unprotected. Although a rescue squad arrived at the scene within six minutes, the victim was pronounced dead in the operating room of a local medical center approximately two hours later. In order to prevent similar incidents, the FACE investigator recommends that employers should: 1. instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to the work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposures to injury or illness; 2. protect workers on surfaces with an unprotected side or edge six feet or more above a lower level by the use of guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems; and, 3. ensure that temporary or permanent stairways have landings and handrail or stairrail systems.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Warehousing; Protective-measures
Publication Date
19980524
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-101370
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-97KY022; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-81
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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