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Massachusetts elevator mechanic dies in twenty foot fall from a fixed ladder on the side of a building.

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 98MA030, 1999 Jan; :1-5
On June 4, 1998, a 23 year old male mechanic helper died of injuries sustained in a twenty foot fall from a fixed ladder on the side of a warehouse. The victim was climbing the ladder to the roof when the incident occurred. There were no witnesses to exactly what occurred before the fall. An engineer who was climbing the ladder just below the victim immediately yelled for help and aided the victim until emergency medical services arrived. The victim was transported to a nearby baseball field where he was airlifted to an urban trauma center. He died the next day as a result of his injuries. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences: Employers should: 1. Together with employees, develop and implement a site specific health and safety plan for each site under contract. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in fall hazard recognition. Building owners should: 3. Consider building outside stairways, where space allows, to provide access to the roof.
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; Ladders; Mechanics
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MA030; 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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