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Hispanic construction worker dies after fall from an improvised scaffold.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
NIOSH 2004 Dec; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20026856
Abstract
On October 1,2003, a 66-year-old Hispanic carpenter died after he fell from the plank of an improvised scaffold at a construction site. The victim had arrived that day from his home in Costa Rica and was joining his son (the company owner) to work on the construction of an addition to a private, suburban home. The victim was standing on a single, wooden plank placed between a small roof peak and an improvised scaffold made from discarded scrap lumber. He was installing siding on the house when he turned to talk to his son, who had just returned to the jobsite after running an errand. As he turned, the victim apparently lost his balance and fell, striking the sidewalk 10'5" below. NJ FACE investigators recommend the following safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Construction contractors should be aware of the federal OSHA safety standards. 2. Employers should use properly designed and assembled scaffolds and/or ladders for working at heights over six feet. 3. Employers and employees should conduct a safety survey of the job site before starting work.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Scaffolds; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ladders
Publication Date
20041214
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-112827
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-03NJ091; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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