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Construction worker dies when he falls through the ceiling of a refrigerator freezer unit.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2009 Apr; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20036300
Abstract
A 47-year-old Hispanic construction worker died when he fell 13 feet through the ceiling of a refrigerator freezer unit to the concrete floor below. The victim had been on the job for two days and was working alone. He was in the process of checking the top of the refrigerator freezer unit for any loose debris at the time of the incident. The panels were supported by brackets attached to the freezer walls. The victim fell through a panel from which the wall bracket had been removed earlier. The victim was not wearing any fall protection. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Minimize the risk of employee falls during maintenance, disassembly, or demolition activities by performing a hazard analysis and ensuring fall prevention work practices are used. 2. Provide task-specific safety training for employees who are at risk of falls when performing maintenance, disassembly, or demolition.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Publication Date
20090409
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-110541
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-08CA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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