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Construction worker dies after falling 9 feet from the ground into the basement of a townhouse that was being constructed.

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 97MN008, 1997 Apr; :1-3
A 23-year-old worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling 9 feet into a basement of a town house that was being constructed. On the day of the incident workers were beginning to frame the first floor of the town house. The victim was working at ground level near the basement that had been dug two months prior to the incident. A coworker of the victim immediately noticed the victim after he fell and placed a 911 call to emergency rescue personnel who responded and transferred him to a local hospital where he died the same day. 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 in an area where the potential for a serious fall exists, the employer should ensure that fall warning devices are provided; 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; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Safety-programs; 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-97MN008; 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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