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Rhode Island window washer dies in seven story fall from Massachusetts rooftop.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20028402
Abstract
On May 16, 1993, a 22 year old male Rhode Island window washer fell approximately 70 feet to his death from a Massachusetts rooftop. Cleaning glass sunroom ceiling panels from the flat rooftop of a seven story building, the victim apparently became unaware of his proximity to the building's edge when he backed off the edge and plummeted seven stories to the asphalt covered ground below. The window washer was working as part of a crew, although he was not in sight of his co-workers at the time of the incident. It was not until a passerby discovered the victim on the ground that emergency medical services were summoned. The victim was transported to the regional hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program which includes fall hazard recognition training and the use of fall protection equipment; 2. Ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is provided and used when employees are subjected to fall hazards.
Keywords
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; Window-cleaning
Publication Date
19940304
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-112953
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-93MA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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