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Carpenter dies after falling 19 feet through a floor opening.

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 91NJ018, 1992 Jan; :1-4
On October 10, 1991, a 56-year-old male carpenter died after falling 19 feet through a floor opening on the second floor of a house under construction. The victim was cutting sheets of plywood and handing them up through the roof trusses to a co-worker when he apparently backed into an unguarded opening for a stairwell and fell into the basement. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should follow 29 CFR 1926.500(b)(1) which requires that all floor openings must be guarded with railings; 2. employers should conduct a daily job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers; 3. employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive employee safety program; 4. employers should become familiar with available resources on work-related safety standards and safe work practices; 5. employers should have an emergency response plan in place to quickly obtain assistance in the event of an emergency.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91NJ018; 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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