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Construction contractor killed by fall from a ladder - Washington State.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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 98WA086, 2000 Mar; :1-13
On April 21, 1998, a 59-year-old painter/independent contractor (the victim) died of injuries after he fell while working from a metal extension ladder. The victim was working alone on a 90-foot by 20-foot addition to a farm equipment storage building. The building was metal roofed with closed sides and back, and open in the front. The building sat on a concrete slab. The victim was working from an aluminum extension ladder putting the finishing touches around the roof beams near the front of the building. The contractor and the ladder fell backwards to the concrete floor where he suffered massive head trauma. The local emergency medical rescue unit was summoned and responded to the incident scene. The victim was airlifted to a local hospital emergency room. He died two days later from the injuries sustained in the incident. To help prevent similar occurrences, the Washington Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (FACE) Investigative team concluded that persons working from ladders should follow these guidelines: Use the type and length of ladder that provides the safest application for the work being done. Set up non-self-supporting ladders (e.g. a straight ladder or extension ladder) using the "4 to 1" rule to obtain the most stable working position. Use safe working techniques to ensure that the ladder remains stable. Secure all non-self-supporting ladders at the top and stabilize them at the bottom.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ladders; Painters; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98WA086; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-013928
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division