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Drywall mechanic dies after 10-foot fall from an open-sided floor - South Carolina, March 14, 1994.
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 94-13, 1994 Jun; :1-6
A drywall mechanic died after falling 10 feet from an open sided second floor landing of a house under construction. The 20 year old man was employed by a subcontractor; this was his first day back on the job after a 6 month layoff. The employer had been in business for about 15 years and employed four workers. There were no written safety programs or procedures. Training was provided on the job. The job site was located at a housing subdivision consisting of single family homes in various stages of construction. The victim was sanding the ceiling above the second floor landing. Apparently the victim was not aware of his position and stepped or fell off the unguarded open sided floor landing. He fell 10 feet, striking the concrete floor face first. He died 20 days later of a closed head injury. It is recommended that adequate guarding be provided for open sided floors, platforms, and runways; that employers develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety program; that employers routinely conduct safety inspections; that contract language which requires subcontractors to implement a site specific safety and health program prior to starting work be used; and the workers be encouraged to actively participate in the workplace safety program.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-94-13; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Construction-workers; Construction-Search
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