Massachusetts plumber falls when extension ladder collapses.
NIOSH 1996 Nov; :1-3
On November 6, 1995, a 37 year old male plumber was fatally injured when he fell approximately 20 feet from an extension ladder which had collapsed. The ladder collapsed while the victim was descending from a roof where he had been inspecting the ventilation system with a co-worker. He suffered severe head trauma in the fall. An ambulance was called immediately by a worker inside the building. The victim was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to a local hospital by fire service ambulance where he was pronounced dead. The MA FACE Program Director concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all employees are trained in the hazards of extension ladders. Also, manufacturers of ladders should: 2. Ensure that there is no interference with the proper operation of rung locks on extension ladders.
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; Plumbers; Ladders; Extension-ladders
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health