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Sign installer fatally injured in 47 foot fall from billboard.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1994 Jul; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20028586
Abstract
On January 28, 1994 an employee of an outdoor advertising firm in Colorado was fatally injured when he fell from the billboard on which he was working. In this incident, a crew of three were installing new panels on a billboard. Employee #1 (the deceased) was standing on a walkway 47 feet above ground level. As his co-workers lifted each panel from the billboard framework, Employee #1 would push out on the top of the panel to disengage the retaining clips. Just prior to the fatal fall, coworkers observed Employee #1 at his location on the walkway with his safety lanyard attached to the wire rope life line. It is unknown why he disconnected his safety lanyard. As the co-workers were moving a panel, they heard Employee #1 strike a support bar and observed him falling to the ground. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Implement 29 CFR 1910.23 (c)(1) that requires the use of guard rails on the use of all open-sided floors or platforms four feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices. 3. Conduct a work-site survey to assess the potential safety hazards. Once an assessment has been completed, written safety rules and procedures should be developed, implemented, and enforced.
Keywords
Region-8; 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-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs
Publication Date
19940728
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB2009-100506
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-94CO004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
SIC Code
NAICS-54
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CO
Performing Organization
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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