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Laborer dies after falling down stairs at a plastic bag manufacturing plant.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
NIOSH 2000 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20026760
Abstract
On April 14, 1999, a 59-year-old laborer at a factory that manufactured plastic bags was fatally injured after falling down a flight of industrial stairs. The incident occurred after the victim had ascended the stairs to adjust a machine on the third level. He did not complete the adjustment and apparently fell as he was descending to the ground level of the plant. There were no witnesses to the fall. The victim was found unconscious at the bottom of the stairs with severe head injuries. He was transported to the local hospital where he died of his injuries two days later. It was noted that the victim was a newly diagnosed diabetic and that his medical condition may have contributed to the incident. NJDHSS investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should provide and maintain stairs with non-slip surfaces.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-performance; Surface-properties
Publication Date
20000728
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-113166
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-99NJ031; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-32
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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