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Building contractor dies in fall from second story porch on residential 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 94MA005, 1994 Jun; :1-2
On October 22, 1993, a 62 year old, male building contractor was fatally injured when he fell approximately twenty feet from a ladder on a residential construction site. The victim was apparently working from a portable ladder on an exterior second level landing, and he apparently lost his grip or balance and fell from the ladder to the packed dirt ground. Employees found the victim with the ladder on top of him, and summoned emergency medical services. The victim was transported to a regional hospital where he was officially pronounced dead moments after arrival. In order to prevent future similar occurrences, the MA FACE Project recommends that employers: 1. Eensure that portable ladders are properly and appropriately used. 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.
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; Training; Ladders; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Construction; 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-94MA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division