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Carpenter dies after fall from a ladder that slipped from its base while positioned on frozen sand.

Michigan State University
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 07MI007, 2007 Oct; :1-10
On January 13, 2007, a 43-year-old male carpenter was injured when he jumped/fell from a ladder that slipped away from the drip edge of a house. The decedent positioned the fiberglass extension ladder diagonally across the inside corner of the roof to secure a 2-inch by 4-inch piece of wood to the fascia under the drip edge to protect the drip edge. The ladder's safety feet were in an up position on the frozen soil. He called to his coworker to hold the ladder while he accessed the roof area. The coworker stood underneath the ladder and held rung #5 with his right hand and rung #7 with his left hand. The decedent climbed the ladder holding the wood, to either rung #8 or #9 when the base of the ladder slipped away from the house. The falling ladder struck the coworker on his shoulder and arm and knocked him to the ground. The decedent fell to the coworker's left and landed on his back. 911 was called and the decedent was taken to a local hospital. After assessment, the decedent was transported to another hospital where he died six days later. Recommendations: 1. Employers should ensure that ladders are used in accordance with the requirements of existing safety standards and good standard practice. 2. Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive written safety program. 3. Construction employers should conduct a daily hazard assessment to determine if environmental working conditions have changed or will change. They should inform their employees of their findings and how the changing conditions may affect the work to be performed. 4. Employers should consider having at least one person on the jobsite certified in First Aid/CPR, should strongly consider having an individual certified as a Medical First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and hold at least semi-annual workplace rescue/first aid practices. 5. MIOSHA Consultation, Education and Training Division and trade associations should continue in their efforts to develop regional safety training programs aimed at disseminating pertinent safety information to individual contractors.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Work-operations; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ladders; Extension-ladders; First-aid; Construction-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07MI007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division