1. Ricardo, a twenty-five-year-old house painter, employed by Munoz Construction Company, was injured while painting the gutters of a nearly completed house. Working fast to finish the job before the end of the work day, Ricardo, while painting from a ladder, reached to his far left rather than taking the time to climb down and move the ladder. He inadequately braced the ladder, and because Ricardo’s apprentice was out sick and everyone else was too busy to spot Ricardo, no one noticed when the ladder's base slipped out to Ricardo’s right. As the ladder fell, Ricardo caught himself on the gutter with his right hand but dropped to the ground after hanging there for a few seconds as the gutter gave way under his weight. Although the collapsing gutter slowed his fall, Ricardo landed crookedly—his right hand extended above his head and his left leg hitting the ground first. Describe how domino theory, technique of operations review (TOR), and job safety analysis techniques might apply to Ricardo’s accident.
A "5 Whys" analysis could be applied to almost any risk-related situation. What type of risk events do you think would work best?