Self-employed Massachusetts siding installer dies after 11 foot fall from scaffold.
NIOSH 1996 Dec; :1-2
On June 20, 1996 a 65 year old male self-employed roofer and siding installer was fatally injured when he fell almost 11 feet from a pump jack scaffold. The victim had been installing wood clapboard siding on a newly constructed single family home. It is possible that the victim suffered a heart attack before falling to the ground. A co-worker, his son, had returned from placing some tools in the truck when he found the victim on the ground. The victim suffered severe head injuries in the fall and was transported to the local community hospital emergency room where he died. The MA FACE Field Investigator concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers and self-employed contractors, should: 1. Use fall protection systems, either guardrails or fall-arresting equipment, whenever work is performed over 6 feet above the ground.
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-workers; Roofers; Roofing-industry; Scaffolds; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health