Ironworker falls into elevator pit.
NIOSH 1998 Aug; :1-4
A 39-year-old ironworker was killed when he fell off a ladder and struck his head on the edge of an elevator pit. He had been welding and was in the process of descending a 24-foot extension ladder when he fell approximately 14 feet. According to witness statements in the police report, it appears he became entangled in a vertical cable that was close to the ladder that caused him to lose his balance and fall. He struck his head on the floor at the edge of the elevator pit and continued to fall approximately four more feet. The victim was transported by emergency rescue to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences employers and employees should: 1. Ensure the area around all ladders is kept clear of obstructions that could hinder ascending and descending the ladder. 2. Ensure ladder rails for portable ladders extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface to which the ladder is used to gain access.
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; Iron-industry; Iron-workers; Welding
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor