The victim, a 42-year-old female, was killed when the top rung on the wooden ladder she was descending pulled free, causing her to fall approximately 40 feet. The victim and a co-worker climbed a ladder inside a storage warehouse to an overhead walkway to pre-plan some future cleaning work. They proceeded down the walkway for about half the building's length, then went back to the access ladder. The co-worker climbed down first, approximately 20 feet to a small landing platform, then side-stepped to his right to the next ladder that would take him to the warehouse floor. As he did this, the victim started down the upper ladder. As she placed her left hand on the top rung, the left side pulled free from its supports, causing her to fall to the concrete floor below. The co-worker called emergency response. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. repair, replace or remove existing ladders, overhead runways and their components. 2. establish a Safety Committee & an Effective Written Injury Prevention Program.
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