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Carpenter dies in fall through wall opening in factory renovation 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 97MA050, 1998 May; :1-4
On October 10, 1997, a 33 year old male carpenter was fatally injured when he fell through the open side of the third floor of a structure being renovated from a factory into an office building. The victim was working with two co-workers to place a 300 pound wooden box beam onto the roof eight and one-half feet above the floor using a manual hoist. The hoist mechanism let go allowing the beam to fall striking the victim and pushing him out the opening. He fell approximately 22 1/2 feet to the ground below sustaining severe head injuries. Security personnel called for emergency medical assistance. The ambulance transported the victim to a nearby hospital, where he never regained consciousness and died two days later of his injuries. The MA FACE Director concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure that alternate fall protection is used when guardrails are removed to gain access for construction tasks. 2. Ensure that all lifting equipment is in good working order and follow all recommended maintenance procedures. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in fall hazard recognition and the hazards of equipment used on the job. 4. Assure that safety planning is coordinated among contractors on multi-employer sties.
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; Safety-programs; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Equipment-reliability; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MA050; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division