A woman falls to her death from the 27th floor of a high-rise block as she loses her balance while taking a selfie. The 27-year-old, Sandra Manuela Da Costa Macedo, went over a balcony railing she was leaning against as she took the snap. Of course, it’s easy to see why you would need fall protection in a work setting for some obvious reasons. No one wants to be on the receiving end of a lengthy fall off a rooftop, and missed time from work often leads to missed paychecks. As an employer, you’re opening yourself to workman’s comp claims, lawsuits, and an overall tarnished reputation with the public – something that can be extremely damaging for a business. OSHA Subpart M lays out the requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces. You can click here for the best 360 mobile safety rails. Subpart M institutes the six-foot rule, which states that fall protection is required for construction workers working at a height of six feet or greater above a lower level. Specifically, construction sites, shipping and receiving areas and shipyards are the most prominent workplaces that will require protection. In fact, fall protection continues to be the top category of cited violations that OSHA encounters each year. Safe up-to-code fall protection systems, including roof safety rails, continues to be important.
Horrific video footage showed her still holding the selfie stick as she plunged to the ground below.
An onlooker filming the tragedy shouted:
“…there she goes, look at her, look at her, she’s fallen.”
Posted not for the shock value but to warn EVERYONE, don’t lean against or sit on a low railing EVER, especially while taking selfie. And don’t let a friend either. Be the Mom. Such a senseless death. Sad.
(via Daily Mail)