Municipal Electrician Dies after Falling from the Raised Bucket of a Vehicle-mounted Aerial Lift That Was Struck by a Tractor-trailer – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Case Report: 11MA043
Release Date: October 31, 2012
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On October 18, 2011 a 58-year-old male municipal maintenance technician/electrician (victim) was fatally injured when he fell from a vehicle-mounted aerial lift’s raised bucket. The victim and two co-workers were repairing a faulty cantilevered traffic signal at a four-way intersection. The victim was inside the raised bucket accessing the traffic light when a tractor-trailer driving through the intersection struck the raised bucket. The victim was ejected out of the bucket and fell approximately seventeen feet to the roadway below. A call was placed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by the co-workers. Within minutes EMS and the local police arrived at the incident location and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.