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Hotel grounds maintenance man dies after 16-foot fall from ladder - South Carolina, October 23, 1993.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 94-01, 1994 Mar; :1-4
A hotel grounds maintenance man died following a 16 foot fall from an aluminum extension ladder. The 53 year old male had been employed at a resort hotel as a grounds keeper and painter. No written safety program or procedures were in place, but training was provided on the job. The victim and a coworker were to trim three 25 foot high palm trees and the shrubbery located on an island in the parking lot. The victim was working on a 32 foot aluminum extension ladder and had successfully trimmed two of the trees. After positioning the ladder at the third tree, the victim climbed to 16 feet. The coworker, who was trimming shrubs at ground level, turned after hearing a thud to see the victim lying on his back on the concrete parking. The victim was not breathing. He died 4 days later. The cause of death was listed as closed head trauma. The investigators recommended that employers stress to all workers the importance of exercising caution when working from ladders and that employers should develop and implement a comprehensive written safety program.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-94-01; Head-injuries; Accident-analysis; Maintenance-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Extension-ladders
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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