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Construction worker killed after falling through a wall opening in a stairwell.

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 96NJ024, 1996 Sep; :1-4
On October 27, 1995, a 54-year-old construction worker died after falling 16 feet through a wall opening on the first floor of a grocery store being renovated. The victim was assisting in the construction of a wall near an enclosed stairwell leading to the basement. He was apparently standing on an eight-foot high ladder to align a chalk line when he fell through a three by three foot wall opening in the top of the framing for the stairwell. He fell approximately 16 feet, striking the cement stairs leading into the basement of the building. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that all floor and wall openings are properly guarded. 2. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive employee safety program which includes ladder use and safety. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Employers with multiple-language shops should have written materials and signs in languages and/or symbols that the employees can understand. 5. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ024; 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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