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Hispanic construction worker dies after fall from an improvised 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 03NJ091, 2004 Dec; :1-8
On October 1,2003, a 66-year-old Hispanic carpenter died after he fell from the plank of an improvised scaffold at a construction site. The victim had arrived that day from his home in Costa Rica and was joining his son (the company owner) to work on the construction of an addition to a private, suburban home. The victim was standing on a single, wooden plank placed between a small roof peak and an improvised scaffold made from discarded scrap lumber. He was installing siding on the house when he turned to talk to his son, who had just returned to the jobsite after running an errand. As he turned, the victim apparently lost his balance and fell, striking the sidewalk 10'5" below. NJ FACE investigators recommend the following safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Construction contractors should be aware of the federal OSHA safety standards. 2. Employers should use properly designed and assembled scaffolds and/or ladders for working at heights over six feet. 3. Employers and employees should conduct a safety survey of the job site before starting work.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Scaffolds; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NJ091; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division