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NIOSH Testimony on stairways and ladders used in the construction industry by R. A. Lemen, February 25, 1987.
NIOSH 1987 Feb; :1-2
This testimony contains comments from NIOSH regarding injuries and fatalities occurring as a result of falls at construction sites. OSHA described a number of fatalities and injuries to document that improper use of ladders contributed to these incidents. NIOSH believes that the documentation of OSHA would be increased and strengthened by the use of more recent case reports than they presented in their documentation. OSHA suggested that compliance with the existing standard would have prevented the injuries and fatalities described in the case reports. NIOSH suggests that OSHA review this finding to determine if that is indeed the case. NIOSH also suggests that OSHA provide more information regarding the slipping of a ladder from its support due to bending deflection even when the ladder may be secured at the top but may not be tall enough to render it safe for use.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Lemen-R-A; Construction-industry; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-practices; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers
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