Death of Worker in Fall from Ladder Costs Company $72,500

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A worker was removing a garage door spring on an industrial garage door when the spring popped out of its bracket, hit him on the chest and knocked him off a ladder. He fell from a height of greater than 10’ and later died from his injuries. The company was convicted of failing, as an employer, to provide a scaffold when work couldn’t be done safety from the ground, to ensure that a worker was adequately protected by a fall protection system and to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect his health and safety. The court fined it $72,500 [Dong Fong Garage, Govt. News Release, July 4, 2013].