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Massachusetts mason dies in 85 foot fall when tower climbing work platform collapses.

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 93MA015, 1994 Oct; :1-4
On September 2, 1994, a 38 year old male mason was killed and a co-worker seriously injured when the tower climbing work platform they were working from collapsed. The victim and his co-worker were removing water table stone from the facade of an eight story building's parapet. The platform collapsed when they placed an 800 pound weight on it. The victim and co-worker fell 85 feet. They were transported to regional hospitals for emergency treatment. The victim was pronounced dead one hour following the incident, while the co-worker survived the trauma. In order to prevent future similar occurrences, the MA FACE Project recommends that employers: 1. And equipment rental companies ensure that employee working surfaces are capable of supporting four times the maximum intended weight. 2. Ensure that working surfaces have structural integrity and are erected as intended by the equipment manufacturer. 3. Consider having employees use personal fall arrest systems while on mobile platforms to protect them in the event of a work surface failure.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Masons; 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-93MA015; 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