A Southern California worker was killed recently when he fell 30 feet in
a construction accident. The fatal accident happened at a building that
sells abrasive cleaners and equipment. The 61-year-old man was working
outside the building on a raised platform attached to a forklift. The
platform shifted, sending the man tumbling to his death.
Witnesses said he fell about 30 feet onto pavement. After he fell, the
scaffolding fell from the forklift and landed on the man's body. He
died at the scene despites attempts by rescuers to revive him.
An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is
under way. There's no word on what caused the platform to shift. The
causes could include a mechanical or design defect, human error, equipment
breakdown and many other possibilities.
OSHA provides strict regulations designed to protect workers from falls.
Among them, workers are required to have protection against falls. On
scaffolds, fall protections can be personal fall arrest systems or guard
rail systems. Employers are also required to be instructed in construction
safety. There are many other requirements.
Despite these and other regulations, falls are a major cause of deaths
and serious injuries for construction workers. According to the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the most common cause
of fatal construction accidents. About one in three construction-related
deaths relates to a fall.
Sources: San Diego Union Tribune, "Worker falls 30 feet in fatal accident," Pauline Repard, July 18, 2013; Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Scaffolding fall protection,
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