In Greenville, South Carolina, a construction worker fell from his ladder and later died from his injuries. He had been working on a single-family residential construction site when he fell off the ladder to the ground. He passed away less than two hours after the fall. At the time of the article, the county was doing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The construction industry has a problem with its number of ladder-related accidents. It is so high, in fact, that the CDC has designed an entire health and safety campaign to stop falls on construction sites. The website for the campaign was stopconstructionfalls.com.
We don’t know the reason this man fell from his ladder, but the possibilities are close to endless. Did he overreach? Was the ladder slippery? Was he facing the wrong way? Did he fail to use three points of contact? We will never know the answer, but we can use his story as a reminder to be safe when we climb our own ladders.
Our hearts go out to this man’s family and hope they can find peace during this challenging time.