A 59 year old male plaster laborer (the victim) died after falling from a scaffold and striking his head on asphalt pavement. The victim and a co-worker had erected the welded tubular scaffolding on the outside wall of a single-story building, and planned to bring the railings and access ladder to the worksite the next day. Near the end of the workday, the victim returned extra tools and equipment to the supply truck, removed his safety helmet, and returned to the scaffold area. The co-worker was positioned on the top of the unguarded scaffold, 12 feet from the ground, when the victim started to climb the scaffold bracing. The co-worker was turned away from the victim, but heard a clanging sound on the bracing. He turned to see the victim lying on the ground, and called to an employee of a nearby business to summon an ambulance. The ambulance transported the victim to an emergency room, where he died 6 hours later of head injuries. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that safe access is provided to the work platforms of all scaffolds. 2. Ensure that adequate fall protection is used by workers on scaffolds. 3. Evaluate their current written safety program and incorporate specific training 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. 4. Encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety. In addition, manufacturers of protective headwear should: 5. Continue research and development of protective headwear that would eliminate or reduce the severity of injuries from falls.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-helmets; Training