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Sewage treatment plant worker dies after falling 12 feet through a floor opening.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1993 Sep; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026558
Abstract
On May 13, 1993 a 51 year-old male sewage treatment plant worker was critically injured after falling 12 feet through a floor opening where he was using an overhead hoist to move materials to the basement of a plant building. The incident occurred after the victim and a co-worker had completed hoisting a pallet jack from the basement of the building. The victim was returning the hook of the hoist into the building when he backed into the floor opening and fell into the basement. He died of his injuries on May 15, 1993, two days after the incident. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers and employees should ensure that the floor gate door openings are always provided with guard rails when the doors are opened. The floor gate doors should also be closed immediately when access is no longer needed. 2. The employer should consider additional guarding and design modifications for the hoist and loading dock area. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program with the assistance of a joint labor/management safety committee. In addition, to prevent possible electrical incidents; 5. The employer should immediately take all overhead hoists out of service and inspect them for electrical malfunctions.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Sewage-treatment; Sewage-industry
Publication Date
19930901
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-108671
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-93NJ034; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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