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Owner of commercial sign painting firm died because of injuries that occurred when he fell 9 feet at a job site.

NIOSH 1990 Aug; :1-2
On February 18,1990, a 55 year old owner of a commercial sign painting firm died because of injuries that occurred when he fell 9 feet at a job site two days earlier. The fatal accident occurred on a Friday afternoon at approximately 1730 hours. The victim was measuring a store front in preparation for installing a business sign. The sign was to be placed on the false front of the building. A porch roof extended twelve feet from building and had a 4/12 pitch. The roof was covered with pre-formed concrete tiles. The roofing tiles were damaged in several locations and loose pieces of concrete were scattered over the surface. A light coating of snow was present at the time of the accident although a 4 foot wide path had been swept clear with a snow brush. Although there were no eyewitnesses of the incident, physical and circumstantial evidence suggests the following: 1. The victim was attempting to exit from the roof. As he approached the ladder he lost his footing on debris from broken roofing tiles. 2. As the victim slid down the roof to the ladder, the ladder fell away from the supporting edge. 3. The victim landed partially on the ladder and struck his head on the concrete parking lot. The local fire department responded within seven minutes and transported the victim to a local trauma center. Surgical intervention was unsuccessful in saving the victim. Recommendations: 1. Appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn always whenever the potential for a serious fall exists. 2. Employers should develop and implement comprehensive written safety programs. As part of this safety program, the employer should conduct regular training for all employees.
Region-8; 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; Ladders; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Painters
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-90CO006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment