A 57-year-old male product specialist/service manager (victim) died as a result of head injuries received after falling 4 1/2 feet during machine assembly. He and three other workers were engaged in assembling a large, stationary, rotary mining drill. Drill assembly took place outdoors and was about one-third to one-half complete; the temperature was in the mid-20's. The victim was fit testing a pin in a hole about 11 feet off the ground. He climbed on to a 6-inch wide, painted, steel girder at a height of 4 1/2 feet, then stood and reached above his head to place the pin in the hole. The incident was unwitnessed, but apparently he slipped and fell to the ground, striking his head either on a protruding metal bracket or the ground itself. He died three days later as a result of his head injuries. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to minimize the occurrence of similar incidents, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. use appropriate equipment, such as ladders, scaffolds, or lifts, to achieve work heights.
Region-5; 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; Supervisory-personnel; Ladders; Scaffolds