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Construction worker dies after falling 9 feet from the ground into the basement of a townhouse that was being constructed.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1997 Apr; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20027579
Abstract
A 23-year-old worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling 9 feet into a basement of a town house that was being constructed. On the day of the incident workers were beginning to frame the first floor of the town house. The victim was working at ground level near the basement that had been dug two months prior to the incident. A coworker of the victim immediately noticed the victim after he fell and placed a 911 call to emergency rescue personnel who responded and transferred him to a local hospital where he died the same day. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. whenever any work is performed in an area where the potential for a serious fall exists, the employer should ensure that fall warning devices are provided; and 2. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Keywords
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; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Safety-programs; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
Publication Date
19970425
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-100796
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-97MN008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
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