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A 35-year-old owner of a construction company died as a result of a fall from an unguarded floor opening.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 94CO031, 1995 Jan; :1-2
On July 1, 1994, a 35-year-old construction company owner died as a result of a fall from a floor that had no protective barrier. The owner, who was not wearing fall protection, was involved in applying 4' X 8' sheets of subflooring material to the first floor level of a new home under construction. He had been kneeling to nail the sheets in place. When he stood, he was observed by coworkers to be slightly off-balance. He stepped from the unguarded edge of the floor and landed on a concrete basement floor that was 9 feet 3 inches below. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Implement 29 CFR 1926.500 (d)(1) (i) that requires the use of guard rails on all open-sided floors or platforms six feet or more above adjacent floors or ground level. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program. 3. Conduct a work-site survey to assess the potential safety hazards. Once an assessment has been completed, written safety rules and procedures should be developed, implemented, and enforced.
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; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Construction; 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-94CO031; 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