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Construction worker dies after falling 13 feet from a scaffold.

Minnesota 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 96MN085, 1997 Jan; :1-3
A 20-year-old construction worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling 13 feet from a tubular welded scaffold. On the day of the incident workers were completing a several month project that involved the construction of a one-story office building. The installation of rain gutters was the final part of the project. The worker had been on the scaffold for 3 to 5 minutes before he fell to the asphalt pavement. It is unknown why the victim was not wearing fall protection at the time of the fall. Although the fall was not witnessed by any of the victim's coworkers, a worker on the opposite end of the scaffold noticed that the victim had fallen. A 911 call was placed to emergency rescue personnel who responded within minutes. The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he died six days later. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. whenever any work is performed at an elevation where the potential for a serious or fatal fall exists, the employer should ensure that fall protection equipment is provided and used by all employees; and 2. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Region-5; 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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Scaffolds; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MN085; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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