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A laborer fell down an open elevator shaft on a New York construction project. There were no guardrails in place at the time of the fall.

The laborer sustained fatal injuries.

OSHA regulations require that guardrails be placed so as to prevent falls such as the one involved here. The specific responsibility for placing guard rails falls first to the contractor that opened up the shaft, then to the general contractor as part its general safety responsibility for the overall job site.

This was an accident which never should have happened.

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