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Carpenter dies following a fall from ladder scaffolding.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 94WI284, 1994 Oct; :1-3
A 67-year-old male carpenter (the victim) died of injuries received after falling from a ladder or improvised scaffolding. The victim was self-employed, and had been contracted to build and finish off partition walls in the storage area of an office building. On the day of the incident, he had been using improvised scaffolding as a work surface while he placed and fastened sections of drywall. There were no witnesses to the incident, but it appears he fell from a ladder or scaffolding and landed on the concrete floor of the storeroom. An employee of one of the businesses in the building found the victim when he entered the storage room, and called for help. EMS responded and the victim was moved to a hospital where he was pronounced dead of massive head trauma. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide and use equipment that is designed to safely meet the requirements of the job tasks. 2. Develop and implement a safety program that incorporates specific procedures that emphasize the importance of recognizing and avoiding hazards in the workplace. These procedures should include, but not be limited to, conducting hazard evaluations before initiating work at a job site and implementing appropriate controls.
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; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ladders; Scaffolds; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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FACE-94WI284; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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