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Mason dies after falling 36 feet from scaffolding - Maryland, November 3, 1989.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90-20, 1990 Aug; :1-5
A 33 year old male brick mason died after he fell 36 feet from a tubular metal frame scaffold. The victim was employed by a masonry construction company which was laying brick on the exterior of a new building. The crew was working from the sixth level of a tubular welded frame scaffold with each level being approximately 6 feet high. The work at that level had been completed and the men were to take a break while a laborer raised the planks to the next level. For an unknown reason the victim did not leave the scaffolding. He fell to the ground through the center of the scaffolding. He died a short while later of head injuries. While his fall was not witnessed, he had been seen just prior to that time standing with one foot on the scaffold brace and the other on the brick sill of the building. Others said later that there was some moisture on the scaffolding components that morning which may have made the metal slippery. It was recommended that employers ensure that employees are informed of the hazards of using diagonal braces as a means of climbing a scaffold; that employers conduct scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections regularly at each jobsite; that employers develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program; and that employers provide appropriate fall protection equipment for all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard.
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