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Massachusetts elevator mechanic dies in twenty foot fall from a fixed ladder on the side of a building.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1999 Jan; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20028486
Abstract
On June 4, 1998, a 23 year old male mechanic helper died of injuries sustained in a twenty foot fall from a fixed ladder on the side of a warehouse. The victim was climbing the ladder to the roof when the incident occurred. There were no witnesses to exactly what occurred before the fall. An engineer who was climbing the ladder just below the victim immediately yelled for help and aided the victim until emergency medical services arrived. The victim was transported to a nearby baseball field where he was airlifted to an urban trauma center. He died the next day as a result of his injuries. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences: Employers should: 1. Together with employees, develop and implement a site specific health and safety plan for each site under contract. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in fall hazard recognition. Building owners should: 3. Consider building outside stairways, where space allows, to provide access to the roof.
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; Safety-programs; Ladders; Mechanics
Publication Date
19990106
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-100726
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-98MA030; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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