Sheet metal worker falls off step ladder and dies in California.
NIOSH 1998 Oct; :1-3
A 46-year old sheet metal worker (decedent) died when he fell off an 8-foot step ladder and struck his head on the edge of a metal floor plate. The employer was performing sheet metal work on a hospital addition. The decedent was working with his right foot on the 5th step at the 4-foot, 9-inch level and the left foot on the step above. He was adding a fire damper to an previously installed sheet metal plenum. According to a co-worker, the decedent fell when the ladder spun around catching the decedent's legs in the ladder. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure employees use ladders in a safe manner. 2. ensure employees reposition ladders or use alternate means to access work safely.
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; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Step-ladders; Ladders
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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