Tragic Ladder Accident Kills Worker in Murrayville, Georgia
MURRAYVILLE, GA- Wattagnet.com writes that a worker died in a tragic workplace accident at a poultry plant in Georgia this week. The incident occurred in the early morning when the 38-year-old Stone Mountain man slipped from a ladder and struck his head.*
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and identified the victim. Reports indicate that the man had worked at the company for around five years. The company president expressed the employer’s devastation over the tragic accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now investigating the incident, and an autopsy is scheduled for the victim.
Ladders are more dangerous than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of work-related deaths is falling. Across the United States, 43 percent of people killed in workplace falls were using a ladder at the time.
It is important when using a ladder to ensure that the device is in good condition and has no broken or cracking rungs. Ensure ladders do not have slippery substances on its rungs or feet. Always confirm that a ladder meets the necessary weight limits for the worker and job being performed. Workers should never climb to the very top of a ladder as this presents dangers. It is also vital that the ladder is placed on a level surface before the user climbs on. Users should never attempt to add to the height of the ladder by placing it on other objects such as barrels or crates.
Employers should always require employees to follow safety regulations and confirm that the workers complete appropriate training.
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Sources:https://www.wattagnet.com/articles/39465-fieldale-farms-worker-dies-in-accident?v=preview and https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/badge-bar/fieldale-employee-killed-after-falling-ladder/ and https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6316a2.htm and https://www.osha.gov/Publications/portable_ladder_qc.html
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