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Carpentry foreman dies in fall from scaffolding 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 92MA005, 1992 May; :1-6
A 29 year male old carpenter (victim) fell 19 feet to his death off of unguarded carpenters bracket scaffolding at a homesite under construction in Massachusetts. At the time of the incident, the building shell was intact beneath a 3-4 inch blanket of ice encrusted snow which had fallen in the hours preceding sunrise. Once positioned on the snow and ice encrusted scaffolding, the victim began pulling the snow towards him with a man-made device to clear the surface for roofing material application. As the snow accumulated about his feet, the victim slipped or tripped off of the planks and fell striking the back of his head and shoulders on the frozen ground below. The victim was pronounced dead approximately 5 hours later in the regional medical center. The Massachusetts FACE Investigator concluded that employers should: 1. Implement current standard(s) which require the inclusion of guardrailing systems (i.e.,toprails, midrails, toeboards, endrails) when working on elevated platforms. 2. Implement current standard(s) which require the use of safety belts/harnesses, lifelines, and lanyards when working from elevations. 3. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects and on a daily basis if necessary. 4. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices. Select and appoint a designated safety person. 5. Assure that emergency telephone numbers are conspicuously posted, that an immediate means of nearly instantaneous communication for medical assistance be present and that responsible certified personnel are present on jobsites to render first aid and CPR in emergency situations, if necessary.
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-personnel; Safety-programs; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Training; Scaffolds; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division