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Self-employed general contractor dies in fall from ladder in Massachusetts.

NIOSH 1994 Feb; :1-3
On November 19, 1992, a 58 year old, male, self-employed general contractor died of injuries sustained in an approximate six foot fall from a portable step ladder on the previous day. Periodically retained by a private Massachusetts college to perform small odd jobs, the victim was repairing an acoustical lecture hall ceiling from the sixth or seventh step of the ladder when the incident occurred. Apparently losing his balance or grip, the victim fell backwards and struck the rear of his head on the armrest of a firmly anchored theater chair. The victim's brother, an occasional employee who was present when the fall occurred, briefly tended to the victim prior to summoning help. Emergency medical services (EMS) arrived within approximately five minutes, and transported the victim to a nearby medical center, where he died the following morning from his injuries. The Massachusetts FACE Investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences self employed contractors should: 1. Develop written safety rules and procedures to protect their employees and themselves on the job, including but not limited to personal protection equipment, tool safety, and fall protection. In addition, government agencies and trade associations should: 2. Consider developing regional safety training programs aimed at disseminating pertinent safety information to individual contractors.
Region-1; 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; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Ladders; Step-ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health