Hispanic tower erector falls to death from television tower.
NIOSH 2005 Jan; :1-10
A 22-year-old Hispanic male tower technician fell 1200 feet to his death from a 1500 foot high television transmission tower. The victim was part of a five person maintenance crew reinforcing the tower after installation of a high-definition television antenna. While changing positions, the victim, who was using a positioning system but not an independent fall protection system, slipped and fell. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees are tied off 100% of the time. 2. Ensure employees wear appropriate work clothing at all times. 3. Ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is suitable for the task being performed and maintained in a safe condition. 4. Retrain those employees that have not retained the requisite understanding and/or skills necessary to protect themselves and others during climbing operations.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor