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Accident: 14508758 - Employee On Ship Killed In Fall Over Guardrail To Deck

Accident: 14508758 -- Report ID: 0316300 -- Event Date: 03/16/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1796989003/29/19914499Jacobson Metal Company
Employee #1 was working on a 4 ft stepladder removing asbestos cloth from the overhead of a ship. He had one foot on the ladder and one foot braced against a guardrail behind him. The guardrail was around a stairway opening from which the stairs had been removed. Either the cloth came loose or the guardrail gave way, and the force exerted by the employee pulling on the cloth caused him to fall backwards over the guardrail to the deck. Employee #1 died 10 days later during surgery for injuries sustained during the fall.
Keywords: guardrail, work rules, ladder, ship, asbestos removal, fall, unstable position
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 17969890 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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