NIOSH 1997 Jul; :1-4
A 54-year-old convenience store manager died, apparently as a result of a blood clot, four days after she fell and fractured both of her arms. According to a coworker who was called to the store after the accident, the victim had been in the process of filling an ice dispenser on a self service drink machine with a five-gallon bucket of ice when she fell off a 22" stepladder and injured herself. After her fall she called a coworker to come and relieve her and then the victim drove herself to the hospital where she was treated for two fractured arms. She was released from the hospital two days after the accident. A home health nurse went by her residence to check on her two days after she was released and found her dead. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers should ensure employees use appropriate ladders for the task being performed. 2. Employers and employees should ensure individuals injured on the job receive immediate medical attention when required. 3. Employers should consider purchasing new equipment or modifying present equipment so climbing a ladder to put ice in the dispenser would not be required.
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; Ladders; Step-ladders; Grocery-stores; Retail-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor