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Massachusetts bakery worker fatally injured in a fall from a stepladder.

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 99MA026, 2001 Jan; :1-5
On May 6, 1999, a 48-year-old male shipper for a bakery was fatally injured when he fell from a stepladder located in a walk-in storage freezer. At the time of the incident, the victim was alone inside the freezer while using a new eight-foot fibrous glass stepladder. Office employees of the bakery heard a noise and went to find out what had caused it. They found the victim lying on the floor of the freezer with his feet on the rung closest to the floor. Two employees stayed with the victim while a third called for help. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future employers should: 1. Evaluate each task and match specific equipment needed to complete each task. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes training for all employees in hazard recognition and in the proper use of equipment.
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; Training; Step-ladders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MA026; 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