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Hotel assistant manager dies due to a fall from a ladder during installation of wood trim.

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 07MI136, 2008 Apr; :1-8
On October 17, 2007, a 28-year-old male hotel assistant manager died when he fell approximately 20 feet from a fiberglass ladder. The hotel was undergoing renovation. Company A, which also owned the hotel, was acting as the general contractor for the hotel's renovation. Company A had two individuals (Co-owner #1 and Co-owner #2) on site at the time of the incident. Company A had subcontracted the trim work to a local contractor. This local contractor had not completed the trim installation on the west wall of the addition. One of the co-owners of Company A (Co-owner #1) noted the decedent cutting and staining several pieces of 10-foot-long wood trim in the saw area adjacent to the area where trim still needed to be installed. Co-owner #1 was called away from the saw area by Co-owner #2. Co-owners #1 and #2, who were both related to the decedent, were unaware that the decedent had placed a 28-foot extension ladder against the wall to be trimmed. The decedent ascended to the top of the ladder and using a nail gun, installed two sections of trim, beginning the trim installation at the wall/ceiling junction. The fall event was unwitnessed. Co-owner #1 found the decedent on the floor between the ladder and the west wall. The ladder was found leaning against a light fixture approximately 10 feet away. Emergency response was called. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where he subsequently died. Recommendations: 1. Employers should review ladder inspection, placement, and safe use procedures with all employees, including experienced employees. 2. Construction employers should develop and implement an accident prevention program that complies with MIOSHA requirements.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Safety-programs; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Ladders; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07MI136; 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
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division