Courtesy clerk at grocery store falls from a ladder 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 92CA017, 1993 May; :1-3
A 17 year-old white male courtesy clerk (victim) died after falling approximately eight feet from a ladder in a grocery store. The victim was attempting to put the ladder away for the evening when the incident occurred. This was not a part of his (victim's) usual duties as a courtesy clerk. He was attempting to help his supervisor clean up at the end of the day. The victim was last seen falling from the ladder by the janitor. The supervisor was informed and 911 was called. The victim's co-workers attempted to keep him warm until paramedics arrived. Paramedics then stabilized the victim and transported him to a local hospital. The California FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. have a documented safety training program for employees which addresses ladder safety. 2. have non-slip safety devices placed on the tops and bottoms of ladders so they will not slide. 3. have a documented safety training program which addresses ladder and equipment storage. 4. have supervisors and employees trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid, so that if an emergency occurs, someone can initiate CPR until paramedics arrive.
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