Plastic Sheeting Stops 30-Foot Fall


A Boston construction worker likely owes his life to containment sheeting that broke his 30-foot plunge from scaffolding on a building project Monday (Feb. 4), officials say.

The worker, who was not identified, suffered a broken arm but apparently no other serious injuries when he became ensnarled in plastic sheeting that had surrounded the building, the Boston Fire Department said. The worker apparently landed on the sheeting as well, reports said.

The 32-year-old worker, who was not identified, lost his balance while working on the five-story building about 9:15 a.m. and fell through the wooden planks of the scaffolding, Steve MacDonald, a spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department, told

"The plastic was covering the entire side of the building and engulfed him," MacDonald said. "We had to slice the plastic away so the medics could treat him."

Neither the name of the man's employer or the sheeting manufacturer could be immediately determined. MacDonald called the material "heavy-duty plastic."

Boston construction site

The worker had to be cut out of the plastic where he landed. OSHA is investigating.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, a spokesman said Tuesday (Feb. 5).


Tagged categories: Accidents; Containment; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; OSHA; Scaffolding; Surface preparation

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