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Carpenter dies in a fall from a ladder when circular saw slashes his neck 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 96CA013, 1997 Mar; :1-3
A 32-year old male carpenter (victim) died after being slashed across his neck by an unguarded circular saw. The victim was standing on the step below the top of an aluminum step ladder, cutting a 2 X 4 wood purlin (support for rafters). In order to complete the sawing, he placed his right foot on the edge of exposed ceiling drywall. The ceiling drywall broke causing the victim to fall. As he fell, the blade of the circular saw, which was still rotating, slashed his neck. The victim owned his own company and all of his employees were family members. Training records were not available. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure that the guards supplied with circular saws remain in place and are fully functional. 2. Not allow employees to use a circular saw over their heads. 3. Provide ladders which are appropriate for the job. 4. Not allow employees to stand on the top two steps of a ladder.
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; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Ladders; Step-ladders; Training; Power-tools; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96CA013; 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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