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Massachusetts carpenter dies in fall through floor opening at a home construction site.

Massachusetts Department of Health
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 93MA013, 1994 Apr; :1-3
On August 11, 1993, a 33 year old male carpenter died from injuries sustained in a twenty foot fall through a floor opening at a homesite under construction in Massachusetts. In the moments prior to his fall, the victim was reportedly fastening two framed wall sections together near the floor opening. The victim's supervisor and co-worker saw the victim fall headfirst through the second story floor opening to the concrete basement floor below, and rushed to his aid. They summoned emergency medical services who arrived within minutes. The victim was transported to the regional hospital where he died approximately three hours and forty-five minutes later. The Massachusetts FACE Project concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Require floor openings to be adequately protected and/or personal protective equipment to be used in the presence of fall hazards. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices. 3. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects, and do so, if necessary, on a daily basis.
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; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs; Training; Roofing-industry; Roofers; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA013; 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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