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Hispanic laborer falls with ladder to concrete pad.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 04NE034, 2006 Jun; :1-5
The victim, a 38-year-old male Hispanic laborer, was killed when the ladder he was standing on slipped, causing him to fall approximately 8 ½ feet, striking his head on the concrete below. The victim had been hired the day before to the accident as a roofing laborer to pick up roofing debris at the job site, a residential house. At the end of the workday, the victim climbed a ladder that was setting on a concrete pad & leaning against the house, to remove some items from the edge of the roof. While at the top of the ladder where it met the house roof, the ladder slipped, causing it to slide backwards. The victim rode the ladder to the ground, striking his face against the concrete pad. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died nine days later. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Repair, replace or remove defective ladders. 2. Train all employees, whether temporary or full time, on the safe practices associated with all types of ladders. 3. Establish a Safety Committee & an Effective Written Injury Prevention Program.
Region-7; 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; Ladders; Roofing-industry; Roofers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04NE034; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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