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Farm worker dies after falling from 12 foot high step ladder.

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 97MN049, 1998 Jan; :1-5
A 60-year-old farm worker (victim) died of injuries sustained when he fell while attaching plastic sheathing across the inside of a 15 foot high door opening of a turkey confinement building. Inside the building at the base of the door was a concrete pad. The victim began attaching the sheathing along the right side of the door and used a 12 foot high aluminum step ladder to reach the top of the door. He placed the step ladder on the concrete pad and began securing the sheathing across the top of the door. Apparently while securing the plastic, the victim either slipped or lost his balance and fell to the concrete pad. The ladder tipped toward the inside of the building and was found tipped on its side. The victim fell to the concrete pad in the location between the legs of the ladder. When the victim didn't return to a general purpose office building for an afternoon work break, other workers became concerned. They went to the barn where the victim had been working and found him lying on the concrete pad. A call was placed to emergency medical personnel. They arrived shortly after being notified and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. the top platform and the top step of step ladders should not be used as steps; 2. employers should ensure that all employees are provided periodic safety training reviews of established safety programs; and, 3. 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; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Training; Ladders; Step-ladders; Age-factors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MN049; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division