Fatality Narrative - Foreman Falls from Stepladder

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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, Olympia, WA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Fall Protection

Pre-plan job tasks that require working at height so that they may be accomplished in the safest manner.

In December of 2015, a glazier foreman died of injuries after falling from a stepladder. On the day of the incident, members of the crew saw the victim propping a stepladder over and across a stairwell, with the foot of the ladder placed against the outside railing and the top of the ladder leaning on a wall above the stairwell. They told him not to use the ladder like that. He moved the ladder to the other side of the half wall above the stairwell and then placed the stepladder against the building in its closed position. Ten minutes later the two employees who had warned him about the ladder found him seriously hurt at the bottom of the stairwell, where he had apparently fallen from the ladder. He had fallen 12 feet 8 inches. He was taken to a hospital with injuries to his spine and head. He died of his injuries six days later.

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