The fatal injury to construction worker Chinco Ortega at the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville Indiana could have been avoided using fall protection or a manlift. According to IOSHA, the fatality was confirmed Tuesday and Mr. Ortega was on a ladder as part of a roof decking crew. As ironworking is one of the most hazerdous of construction professions, and decking in particular, OSHA has a special section dedicated to fall protection in a decking zone. Requiring someone to work on a ladder when a manlift should be used frequently results in serious injury, and may be prohibited by the general contractor’s agreement with the site owner. IOSHA generallly takes 6 months to complete its investigation.
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