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Carpenter dies in a fall from a ladder when circular saw slashes his neck in California.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1997 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20027127
Abstract
A 32-year old male carpenter (victim) died after being slashed across his neck by an unguarded circular saw. The victim was standing on the step below the top of an aluminum step ladder, cutting a 2 X 4 wood purlin (support for rafters). In order to complete the sawing, he placed his right foot on the edge of exposed ceiling drywall. The ceiling drywall broke causing the victim to fall. As he fell, the blade of the circular saw, which was still rotating, slashed his neck. The victim owned his own company and all of his employees were family members. Training records were not available. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure that the guards supplied with circular saws remain in place and are fully functional. 2. Not allow employees to use a circular saw over their heads. 3. Provide ladders which are appropriate for the job. 4. Not allow employees to stand on the top two steps of a ladder.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Ladders; Step-ladders; Training; Power-tools; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction
Publication Date
19970326
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-112038
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-96CA013; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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