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Worker falls 33 feet while constructing elevator shaft.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 95NE017, 1995 May; :1-4
A 51-year old construction superintendent fell 33 feet to his death while constructing an elevator shaft. He was in the process of setting up a work platform at the time of the incident. A 4x8 foot sheet of plywood had just been set down over two 2"x12" boards which were resting on two 2"x6" boards nailed to the frame of the elevator shaft. When the victim stepped on the sheet of plywood one of the 2"x6" boards broke. The platform gave way and he fell 33 feet to the concrete floor at the bottom of the elevator shaft. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide appropriate fall protection equipment to all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard. 2. Insure holes in walking/working surfaces are protected by covers. 3. Insure walking/working surfaces have sufficient strength and structural integrity to support workers. 4. Thoroughly address worker safety in the planning phase of all construction projects. 5. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices.
Region-7; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95NE017; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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