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Mason dies after falling 18 feet from scaffolding.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91CO002, 1991 Jul; :1-2
A 52-year-old brick mason (victim) fell 18 feet to his death while working from a tubular welded frame scaffold. The victim was laying brick on the exterior of a new residence. At the time of the incident, the victim was attempting to move the plank platform to a higher level. The plank on which the victim was standing was not secured and apparently slipped from the scaffold frame work. The victim fell onto a concrete driveway after hitting a concrete retaining wall. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Secure platforms to the scaffold or overlap platform ends a minimum of 12 inches. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and usage of scaffolding. 3. Provide appropriate fall protection equipment to all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard.
Region-8; 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; Scaffolds; Masons; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91CO002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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