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New Jersey carpenter dies in fall from scaffold in Massachusetts.

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 96MA029, 1997 Jan; :1-3
On June 25, 1996, a 36 year old male carpenter fell approximately seven feet from a tubular welded scaffold used as a shoring tower at a roof renovation job at a public ice skating rink. At the time of the incident, the victim and several co-workers were standing on a the framework of a scaffold being used to support the wooden arch roof beams of the rink. They had climbed on the scaffold to remove a horizontal member which was blocking the path of a forktruck. While unclamping the bar, the victim began to shake noticeably and fell head first to the concrete surface below. Co-workers immediately called for an ambulance which arrived within minutes. The victim was soon transported to a local city hospital where he was admitted and survived for four days before succumbing to his injuries. To prevent future similar occurrences, the FACE Program Director concluded that employers should: 1. Not allow employees who are impaired by sickness to work at heights.
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; Scaffolds; Roofing-industry; Construction; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MA029; 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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