What injuries do residential construction workers face?
The typical construction site has a long list of potentially dangerous equipment and machinery or hazards such as open trenches or floors. The following are true accounts of fatal residential construction accidents:
--A worker was walking along a one-story pitched roof on a residential structure as he was installing flashing around PVC pipe roof vents. He was near the peak of the roof, when he fell through a fireplace chimney opening. The worker fell at least 20 ft. to the fireplace pit area and was killed. The roof hole had been covered with approximately 1½ inch flat Styrofoam sheeting.
--A drywall finisher was sanding the ceiling in a second floor hallway. He was standing on an open-sided floor above the concrete first floor, when he slipped off the edge and fell 10 ft. to the first floor and sustained fatal injuries. Guardrails had been in place previously but had been removed to move supplies such as doors, drywall, and windows to the second floor.
--Two workers were installing new gutters on a house. One worker was using a 6 ft. aluminum stepladder, and his coworker was on an extension ladder. The worker on the stepladder lost his balance and fell from the ladder striking his head on a concrete walkway. He suffered a severe skull fracture and died.
--A worker was installing exterior siding on a townhouse. The worker set up the base of the extension ladder on the first story roof. While he was working from the ladder, the ladder kicked out at the bottom; the worker fell approximately 22 ft. and sustained fatal injuries.
--A carpenter was working from a homemade platform, extended approximately 7 ft. in the air after it detached from a forklift. Three carpenters were framing a new construction, single-family residence located on a hillside which was rough and steep. To reach the area, the crew decided to use a homemade platform as a makeshift scaffold. A fourth worker operated a rough-terrain forklift and elevated the platform with the three carpenters holding the wall to be framed up in the air. The forklift operator lifted the unsecured platform and at approximately 7 ft. in the air, the platform fell off the forks. Two carpenters who had fallen together required medical attention. The third carpenter fell off the left end of the platform which struck him in the head; he died.
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