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Painter falls from an apartment complex window and dies in California.

Public Health Institute
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 92CA009, 1992 Nov; :1-2
A 38-year-old male Korean painter (victim) died after falling approximately 40 feet from a third story apartment complex window, where he had been doing preparation work prior to beginning a paint job. The victim was doing a routine job when the incident occurred. A ladder and a broken screen were found next to him on the concrete sidewalk below. The apartment tenant had last seen the victim removing a curtain rod from above a window. The tenant did not realize what had happened until she heard some commotion outside and looked from her window and discovered paramedics working on the victim below. The California FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. have and implement a written Injury and Illness Prevention Plan so that employees are aware of the workplace hazards and how to best avoid them. 2. conduct a job site survey to identify potential hazards, implement appropriate control measures, and provide subsequent training to employees that specifically addresses all identified site hazards. 3. have safety devices installed on all ladders which would prevent them from sliding.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Training; Ladders; Painters; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CA009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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