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Brick mason dies after falling 6 feet while climbing off a scaffold.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 94NJ011, 1994 Sep; :1-4
On February 7, 1994, a 53 year-old male brick mason was fatally injured after falling while climbing down from a scaffold. The incident occurred at a construction site where the victim was laying blocks from a 6 foot 10 inch high scaffold. The victim was starting to climb down onto a 6 foot stepladder that had been leaned against the cross braces of the scaffold when he lost his balance and fell to the cement floor. He died of his injuries three days later. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that scaffolds are provided with a reliable means of access. 2. Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive written safety program. 3. Employers must insure that scaffolds are properly erected and maintained before use. 4. Employers should conduct regularly scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections at each jobsite.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Scaffolds; Equipment-design; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Masons; Ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ011; 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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