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Construction laborer dies after falling 61 feet from work platform in Virginia, November 1, 1990.

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 91-06, 1991 Mar; :1-7
The case of a 33 year old male construction laborer who died after falling 61 feet from a brickmason's motorized lift/work platform was examined. The employer was a construction company that employed 50 workers. Safety meetings were held weekly. The company was to lay the exterior brick for a six story building at a university. The brick work was done from an electric powered, mast climbing work platform supported by a steel frame mast secured to the building with cross members. The work surface measured 7 feet wide by 50 feet long. On the day of the accident the workers began climbing on the work platform to start their task for the day. Using the pendant controller, the coworker raised the work platform to the fifth story of the building. The victim, at this point, realized that the work he needed to do was inside the building on the fourth floor. His coworker lowered the work platform to the fourth floor. The victim tried to leave the platform before it was in position for him to safely do so, slipped and fell 61 feet to the ground. The cause of death was multiple severe injuries. It was recommended that jobsite surveys be conducted to identify potential hazards and implement appropriate controls; that safety training be provided to specifically address all identified jobsite hazards; that safe work practices be developed for all exposed to fall hazards; and that appropriate fall protection equipment be used by all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-06; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
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