Carpenter dies after falling into a stairwell while installing a staircase.
NIOSH 1999 Feb; :1-5
On June 12, 1998, a 44-year-old carpenter died after falling 21 feet into a stairwell while trying to install a wooden staircase. The victim was helping to install the stairs at the construction site of a single family home. He and a co-worker were attempting to install a pre-made flight of stairs into the stairwell when the stairs slipped. The victim, who was holding the stairs on the landing above the co-worker, apparently lost his balance and fell into the basement of the building. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Workers must use fall protection when working near floor openings with a fall hazard greater than six feet. 2. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Work-areas; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health