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Millwright dies from fall off ladder.

Michigan State University
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 02MI060, 2003 Jan; :1-4
On June 12, 2002, a millwright installing new copper lines approximately 18 feet in the air was killed when he fell from his extension ladder. No one saw him fall. He had started work at approximately 7:00 a.m. and had been working about an hour when a nearby worker heard a noise. When the worker investigated, he found the victim on the floor of the plant next to his ladder. The victim's ladder was supported on the crossbeam of a movable hoist and not on the building I-beam that was nearer to the area where he was working. There was no evidence that the ladder had been originally leaned against the I-beam and fallen to the hoist crossbeam. When pulled backwards from the hoist crossbeam, the ladder contacted the back of the I-beam. The victim was lying perpendicular to the ladder on his right side with his back toward the ladder, facing away from the ladder. Emergency personnel indicated that he appeared to have fallen heavily on his right side, because he had multiple rib fractures on the right side as well as head injuries. It is possible that he was standing on his ladder with his back to it, and that when he fell, he twisted to his right and fell onto his right side. Recommendations: 1. Employers should develop a written accident prevention plan that identifies and describes hazards that could be encountered in the worksite and how to recognize and avoid them. 2. Ensure workers are trained in the safe use of ladders and follow safe procedures.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-5; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Occupational-accidents; Ladders; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MI060; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
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