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Bridge painter dies in fall while working on Massachusetts bridge.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1994 Jan; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20028404
Abstract
On May 27, 1993, a 44 year old, male bridge painter fell approximately 134 feet to his death from a Massachusetts bridge. The victim was apparently aiding in the retrieval of a suspended cable running along the bridge when he fell from outside the bridge's suicide barrier at the highest center span of the bridge. At the time of the incident the victim was wearing a safety belt and lanyard, but his lanyard was not tied off to an anchorage point, and neither was a safety net employed. Once he was retrieved from the canal by boat, the victim was given CPR. Awaiting emergency medical personnel administered subsequent emergency treatment when the boat reached shore. The victim was then transported to the regional hospital where he was officially pronounced dead one hour following the fall. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes training workers to identify and avoid jobsite hazards. 2. Provide the personal protective equipment that is necessary on a high hazard jobsite, and ensure that the equipment is properly maintained and used. Additionally, government agencies should: 3. Include fall protection provisions in their bid specifications when seeking private contractors to perform bridge work. 4. Explore the feasibility of reviewing the safety history of firms when awarding contracts.
Keywords
Region-1; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Painters; Painting
Publication Date
19940112
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-112955
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-93MA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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