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Laborer/tender 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 92MA011, 1992 Aug; :1-3
On February 24, 1992, a 61 year old, male laborer/tender was fatally injured when he fell 20 to 25 feet from scaffolding on a Massachusetts construction site. The victim had finished his day's work aiding in the application of insulation and decorative plaster to the exterior facade of a building under renovation, when he began his descent down the tubular welded frame scaffolding (TWFS), and fell from the third or fourth level to the cluttered asphalt below. Never losing consciousness, the victim was soon transported to the local hospital where he died two weeks and three days later. The Massachusetts FACE Investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Select and appoint a designated safety person to 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. 2. Ensure that scaffolding is properly erected, maintained, moved, dismantled and/or altered only under the supervision of a competent person. 3. Ensure that scaffolding access ladder is provided.
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; Scaffolds; Training; Ladders; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MA011; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division