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Cleaning maid dies in Ohio following a 12-foot fall through a floor opening, July 26, 1991.
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 91-27, 1991 Dec; :1-6
The case of a 71 year old cleaning maid who fell 12 feet to her death through an unguarded floor opening was investigated. The employer was a village which provided various services including a municipal swimming pool. The village employed 37 to 47 workers and had no written safety policy, designated safety director or written safety program. On the day of the incident, two cleaning maids were mopping the men's locker room at the swimming pool when the mechanic stopped in to let them know he would be in and out of the maintenance room servicing the pool. As the victim was mopping backwards down a hall, she backed into an access opening in the hall floor that had been left open by the mechanic as he traveled to and from the pool from the lower level mechanical rooms. The victim fell through the opening, 12 feet to the concrete floor below. She died 7 days later. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and chest. It was recommended that every hatchway floor opening be guarded by a hinged floor opening cover of standard strength and construction equipped with standard railings; that a comprehensive safety program be developed that includes training and educating employees in the proper methods of covering floor openings; and that scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections be made to ensure that safety procedures are being followed.
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-91-27; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Thorax; Work-practices; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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