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Massachusetts window washer dies in six floor fall from a ten floor building.

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 93MA014, 1994 Oct; :1-4
On August 12, 1993, a 28 year old male window washer plummeted six floors to his death from the side of a ten story building. The victim and a coworker were suspended side by side in boatswains-like rigging from anchor points on the rooftop of the building. Moments before he fell to the busy city sidewalk, the victim yelled to his co-worker that his line was slipping. Immediately after the fall, building personnel called emergency medical services who responded within minutes. The victim was transported to a major area hospital where he was pronounced dead. In order to prevent future similar occurrences, the MA FACE Project recommends that employers: 1. Ensure that employee suspension rigging is firmly attached to substantial anchor points. 2. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, employee training in the proper use of approved rigging and fall protection devices. 3. Provide window washing employees with approved suspension equipment. In addition, commercial building owners should consider: 4. Retrofitting old buildings with permanent anchorage points.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Window-cleaning
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA014; 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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