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Painter dies after falling from a stepladder while painting an outdoor stairway.

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 97NJ062, 1998 Feb; :1-6
On August 12, 1997, a 45-year-old commercial painter was killed after falling from a step ladder as he was painting an outdoor stairway. The incident occurred at a commuter train station as the victim and two co-workers were painting a metal and concrete stairway leading to the station platform. The victim was painting some overhead pipes from an eight-foot step ladder that had been set up on a landing of the staircase. It is not known what caused him to fall. His co-worker reported that the victim suddenly fell on him as he was working on the lower landing. He tried but was unable to catch the victim, who was fatally injured when he struck his head on the concrete landing. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must stress to all employees the importance of exercising caution when working from ladders. 2. Contractors should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance; Painters; Painting; Ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ062; 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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