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Worker dies after falling 15 feet from an extension 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 98MN013, 1998 Jun; :1-5
A 45-year-old roofing worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained when he fell 15 feet while from an aluminum extension ladder. The victim had just finished work for the day and was climbing down the ladder. He had been laying the roof on a 160,000 square foot new construction building. The extension ladder consisted of two 20 foot sections that were joined together. Part of the two ladder sections overlapped even when the ladder was fully extended. The lower section of ladder fit behind the upper section. Beneath the area of the two sections that overlapped, the rungs were slightly further back (i.e. away from an individual on the ladder) than they were prior to or throughout the overlap area. Apparently, while descending the ladder, the victim lost his balance just after the juncture of the two ladder sections where the rung placement changed slightly. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should develop a means of visually warning workers while they are using extension ladders that the overlap area between ladders will be occurring; 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; Training; Safety-programs; Ladders; Extension-ladders; Roofing-industry; Construction-equipment; 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-98MN013; 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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