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Laborer dies after falling from an aluminum extension ladder at a residential construction site - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 08MA042, 2010 Jun; :1-9
On June 30, 2008 a 27-year-old male laborer (victim) was fatally injured when he fell from an aluminum extension ladder on which he was working to reattach a loose section of vinyl siding to the side of a house. Another worker, who was onsite at the time of the incident, was holding the base of the ladder. The victim was using both hands to hold on to the piece of vinyl siding as he pushed it towards the house in an upwards motion. This motion caused the victim to lose his balance and fall approximately 20 feet to the ground below. The victim landed to the right of the ladder on cement steps. A call was placed for emergency medical services (EMS) by the co-worker. EMS and police personnel arrived within minutes and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1.) Ensure that ladders are not used as work platforms, when feasible; 2.) Ensure that ladders are equipped with stabilizers and are set up properly; 3.) Provide all employees with training about ladders and aerial work platforms when they will be used to complete a task; and 4.) Ensure that workers' compensation insurance requirements are met. Government agencies responsible for health and safety in workplaces should: 5.) Continue and expand innovative efforts to provide employers and workers in small high risk industries, such as home renovation, with health and safety information and training.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ladders; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MA042; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division