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Aerial lift fall injuries: a surveillance and evaluation approach for targeting prevention activities.

Authors
Pan-CS; Hoskin-A; McCann-M; Lin-M-L; Fearn-K; Keane-P
Source
J Saf Res 2007 Dec; 38(6):617-625
NIOSHTIC No.
20033042
Abstract
Problem: Work on aerial lift platforms exposes workers to fall hazards. The objective of this study was to identify the most common injury scenarios and determine current research gaps for addressing fall incidents associated with aerial lifts. Methods: Three databases were searched: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports, and OSHA Incident Investigation Records. Results: The majority of falls/collapses/tipovers were within the height-category of 10-29 feet. Tipovers comprised 44-46% of boom-lift falls and 56-59% of scissor-lift falls. Constructing and repairing activities were most commonly associated with fall/collapse/tipover incidents. Discussion: CFOI and OSHA/FACE show convergent data, suggesting similar scenarios for aerial lift tipovers. Impact on industry: The analysis provides the aerial lift industry information to prioritize their efforts on aerial lift design.
Keywords
Posture; Ergonomics; Motion-studies; Musculoskeletal-system; Work-areas; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Environmental-factors; Construction-industry; Author Keywords: Fall incidents; Aerial lifts; Injury surveillance; Equipment failure; Human error
Contact
Christopher S. Pan, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DSR, Morgantown, WV26505
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20071201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
cpan@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0022-4375
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
MD; WV; IL
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