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Carpenter dies after falling 11 feet off a ladder jack scaffold in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91MA004, 1991 Aug; :1-3
A 54 year old carpenter died after falling 11 feet from a ladder jack scaffold he was standing on to prepare the roof of a new building for shingling. He was working with two other carpenters applying tar paper to the roof. The victim and one other worker were standing on wooden staging, and a third worker was on top of the roof section. A forklift lull truck driven by an unlicenced operator hit and ran over one of the ladders supporting the scaffolding causing it to collapse. The victim fell to the ground and the scaffold plank fell on top of him. The forklift operator then backed up the truck crushing the victims head. The fall was witnessed by the victims two co-workers. The victim was not provided with fall protection to any personal protective equipment. He died of head trauma. The Department of Labor and Industries investigators concluded that, to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that only trained employees operate machinery and motor vehicles at the job-site. 2. Protect ladders by barricades it the ladders are located in areas where they could be displaced. 3. Place ladders on a stable base and keep the area at the bottom of the ladder clear and unobstructed. 4. Secure parable ladders to keep them from being displaced. 5. Maintain an appropriate pitch when using ladders to prevent their sliding down the face of the building. 6. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes worker training in recognizing and avoiding unsafe working conditions. 7. Conduct daily safety inspections of the job site.
Region-1; 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; Safety-programs; Training; Scaffolds; Ladders; Roofing-industry; Equipment-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91MA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division