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Worker falls 25 feet to his death from an extension ladder in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90NJ016, 1991 Feb; :1-3
On September 17, 1990, a 73-year-old male worker fell 25 feet to his death. An experienced handyman in reported very good health, this was his first day of work for a small landscaping company he was to be employed part-time for a few months. The victim stood on an extended aluminum ladder which was positioned against the side of a house covered with aluminum siding. As he reached to his right, with only his left hand and left foot on the ladder, he apparently lost his grip and fell. NJDOH FACE personnel concluded that the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Safe use of ladders must be practiced; 2. If over-reaching or leaning is unavoidable to complete a job, a scaffold should be used in place of a ladder; 3. Ladders and all other equipment should be maintained in good working condition.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ016; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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