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Journeyman mason dies after stepping backward off a raised mobile scaffold.

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 08MI009, 2009 Jun; :1-11
On the winter of 2008, a 32-year-old male journeyman mason died as a result of falling from an unguarded working surface of a Hydro Mobile 2 scaffold raised to 35 feet. The scaffold had recently been lowered and moved to its present location. The competent persons erecting the scaffold did not re-install the guardrails at the ends of the working platform nor install the proper planking prior to raising the scaffold. The scaffold was repositioned in a north-south direction and then raised to 35 feet above the ground. The decedent was installing backing rod and his coworker was caulking. The two workers worked in a south to north direction, moving backwards on the work platform. The decedent fell from the unguarded edge to the concrete surface below. Emergency response was called, and the decedent was taken to a local hospital. He died in the emergency room. RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. Employers should ensure that all required components of a scaffold are properly installed prior to employee use. 2. Employers should routinely conduct scheduled and unscheduled workplace safety inspections. 3. Employers should periodically evaluate their organizational commitment and leadership and employee understanding regarding their safety program. 4. Employers should institute a Health and Safety (H&S) Committee as part of their health and safety program.
Humans; Men; Accidents; Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Hazards; Workers; Work-areas; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Injury-prevention
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-08MI009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
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Source Name
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