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Construction foreman dies after falling from aerial lift bucket truck - South Carolina, June 20, 1994.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 94-14, 1994 Oct; :1-6
The death of a 46 year old male construction foreman who fell 16 feet from the bucket of an aerial lift truck was reported. He was employed by a telephone cooperative that had been operating for 42 years and employed 220 workers. The victim and four crew members were replacing a cracked wooden utility pole along a two lane roadway. Two crew members were directing traffic around the job site, the two others and the victim used an aerial lift bucket truck and a derrick truck to remove the cables from the cracked utility pole and the pole itself from the ground, respectively. The victim called the two crew members from their traffic detail to help set the new pole. The victim entered the aerial bucket and did not don his safety equipment. A tractor trailer attempted to drive under the outstretched cables, catching the cables and knocking the victim out of the bucket, to the roadway. He died of internal hemorrhage the following day. Recommendations were offered to ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is used when working where there is a danger of falling, that existing safety programs be reviewed and that workers should be encouraged to actively participate in safety at the workplace.
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