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Painter/sandblaster dies following a 30-foot fall from scaffolding inside a water tank - South Carolina, April 7, 1993.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1993 Jun; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00215339
Abstract
The case of a 48 year old male painter/sandblaster who died after falling 30 feet from a tubular welded frame scaffold was examined. At the time of the accident the victim was employed by a commercial and industrial painting contractor that had been in operation for 14 years and employed about 100 workers. The victim had approximately 20 years of experience as a painter/sandblaster, but this was his first day working for the company. On the day of the accident the victim was assisting in the painting of a 40 foot high by 40 foot diameter water storage tank. The contractor had rented tubular welded frame scaffolding to be used in completing the sanding and painting of the interior of the tank. The victim was instructed in the use of safety belt, face shield, and blast hood, and was provided with safety equipment. The victim apparently left his safety belt and lanyard in the foreman's truck. The holewatch noted that the victim had shut off his blast hose. A few minutes later, when the foreman had descended from the scaffolding, he went to see why the victim had stopped work, and found him lying injured and conscious on the deck of the tank. He died 8 days later of closed head injury. It is recommended that fall protection equipment be provided and used, that current safety practices be reevaluated, and that a competent person be assigned to conduct regular safety inspections.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-93-15; Accident-analysis; Sand-blasters; Traumatic-injuries; Sand-blasting; Safety-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19930628
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-235117
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-93-15
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-93-15, 6 pages
State
SC; WV
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