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Carpenter's helper dies after 120-Foot fall from an unprotected floor edge of an atrium - South Carolina.
Braddee-RW; Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA
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 97-08, 1997 Jun; :1-6
A 22-year old male carpenter's helper (the victim) died of injuries he received after crawling from an unprotected floor edge onto an unsecured piece of plywood and falling 120 feet to the ground. At the time of the incident, concrete forming work had been completed on 12 floors of a condominium under construction. A co-worker from the floor above had yelled down to the victim, asking him to plug in an extension cord that was hanging from the 12th to the 11th floor. He crawled under a red tape warning line at the floor edge of the atrium onto a piece of unsecured plywood. The plywood gave way and the victim fell 120 feet to the ground. The local emergency medical service responded in less than 10 minutes, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Safety-equipment; Industrial-safety; Accident-prevention; Region-4; Falls-deaths; Head-injury; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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