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New slide show re-enacts a carpenter’s fall from ladder, then through opening in floor

Published on: October 30, 2019

While working on the fourth floor of a building under renovation, a carpenter falls from a stepladder down to the surface 29 feet below and sustains serious injuries.

Carpenter on ladder

Watch this slide show to find out more about this incident — what happened and what could have been done to prevent it.

Using animation and photos taken from the actual incident site, the investigating officer for this incident explains the events that led to the worker’s fall that day.

The officer also tells us which four critical factors led to the incident and what actions employers must take on a construction site to protect their workers from similar falls.

Falls from height are a leading cause of injury and death in construction. Learn more about reducing the risk on our falls from elevation page.