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Painter dies in 96-doot fall from highway bridge, October 29, 1988.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 89-03, 1988 Dec; :1-3
On October 29, 1988, a 43 year old male painter died when he feel from a bridge he was painting to the rocky ground 96 feel beneath the bridge. The victim was painting a highway bridge spanning a large river. On the day of the incident the victim and one coworker had just finished lunch and were moving materials from one bay beneath the roadway to an adjacent bay prior to beginning the afternoon's work. Both were wearing a safety belt and lanyard, with the lanyards secured to a steel lifeline running along the side of the bridge. The incident was not witnessed, but it appeared that the victim disconnected his lanyard and attempted to step across the 4 foot gap to the next beam. He lost his balance and fell 96 feet, striking the back of his head on the rocky ground below. He was partially decapitated, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Recommendations include that fall protection should be provided and used at all times when the potential for serious or fatal fall exists, safety should be addressed during planning work operations, fall protection should be sufficient to protect workers from serious injury or death, and that rescue operation procedures should be established before the start of work.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-89-03; Painters; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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