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Municipal forestry foreman drowns while on emergency duty during an ice storm - Massachusetts.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2010 Jun; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20037821
Abstract
On December 12, 2008 a 50-year-old male municipal forestry foreman (victim) drowned in a stream while on emergency duty during a storm. The victim had been on and off emergency duty throughout the night responding to calls of down trees and tree limbs. At the time of the incident, the victim was in the process of leaving the department of public works parking lot. While backing his work pickup truck, the truck backed over an embankment at the edge of the parking and partially down into a stream. It appears that when the victim exited the pickup truck, he fell into the water that then swept him down stream. The victim was found approximately two miles down stream by a search and rescue team the next day. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1.) Install barriers along parking lot perimeters that abut embankments; 2.) Conduct hazard assessments of outdoor workspaces to identify hazards and then develop and implement procedures to eliminate these hazards; In addition, municipalities should: 3.) Develop, implement and enforce emergency procedures for tree-related incidents, especially during inclement weather, and provide employees training on these procedures; and 4.) Develop, implement, and enforce comprehensive health and safety programs that include training on hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions.
Keywords
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warning-devices; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Publication Date
20100611
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-102055
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-08MA054; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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