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Carpenter dies after falling 17 feet from a scaffold - South Carolina, June 22, 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 94-15, 1994 Oct; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 28 year old male carpenter who fell from a scaffold and struck his head on the ground. The employer had been subcontracted to do outside trim work at a residence under construction. The victim had about 4 years of experience as a carpenter, but had worked for the contractor for only 1 day. On the day of the accident the victim was working on a scaffold 17 feet high with a platform consisting of a board which extended about 29 feet and was about 18 inches from the wall of the house. Earlier that morning he had complained of chest pains, but had refused to go to the hospital for an examination. He was observed by a coworker bending over just prior to the fall. He then either lost his balance or became ill, and fell to the scaffold. He sat up, but seconds later fell to the ground, striking his head. He was unconscious and not breathing, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was severe head injury and fractured cervical spine. Recommendations included the following: the employer should provide adequate guarding on scaffolding; a written safety program be developed and enforced; subcontractors should be required to implement a site specific safety and health program prior to the start of work; routinely conduct scheduled and unscheduled workplace inspections; and encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-94-15; Region-4; Construction-industry; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Head-injuries; Construction-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
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