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Amish carpenter dies after falling from scaffold.

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 03WI097, 2004 Aug; :1-5
A 45 year-old carpenter (the victim) fell from a mobile scaffold while installing trusses at a town hall. The victim was self-employed and subcontracted by a construction company (contractor). The victim and his employee, his sixteen-year-old son, were standing on a plank on the top of a scaffold when a skid steer loader with a boom hit the scaffold. While the son was able to hold onto a truss and stay with the scaffold, the victim was unable to hold onto the truss that he momentarily grasped. He fell to the floor, hitting his head. EMS was notified and the victim was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The FACE investigator concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that at a minimum, OSHA standards are met for all employees whenever scaffolding is used. When using a mobile scaffold, each employee should be protected by a personal fall arrest system or guardrail. 2. Ensure that employees are trained in hazard recognition and the avoidance of unsafe conditions by providing appropriate training in the safe operation of all machinery and equipment, including skid steer loaders. 3. Include provisions for safety in contracts for subcontracted work. 4. Ensure compliance with the OSHA multi-employer work site regulations when contractors are employing subcontractors. 5. Contact respective area U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offices for guidance in protecting workers of all ages. Employers should also contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division and the State agency responsible for child labor for guidance in complying with child labor laws which prohibit certain types of work by workers less than 18-years-old. Employers can also find assistance in their area through their state OSHA Consultation Program.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Scaffolds; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03WI097; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division