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Sign installer dies after falling 12 feet from a canopy - Tennessee, September 11, 1995.
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 96-01, 1995 Nov; :1-7
This report concerns the death of a 22 year old male sign installer whose employer had been contracted to remove four wooden signs attached to the outside of a food distribution warehouse. The company manufactured, installed and maintained exterior signs, and employed six sign installers. The signs measured 8 feet wide by 16 feet long and 2 inches thick, each one weighing about 250 pounds. The victim and a coworker had removed three signs. While attempting to remove the fourth sign, the victim placed himself on a canopy above a loading dock and did not use any protective equipment. The sign had been secured to the boom cable of a truck crane being operated by the coworker. As the victim removed the last of the five lag screws holding the sign, the sign swung free of the building, and dropped, striking a metal canopy support. The victim fell about 12 feet, striking his head on the corner of the truck bed, below. The victim died the next day as a result of severe brain stem trauma. It is recommended that job hazard analyses be conducted of each activity involving the installation and removal of signs and measures be implemented to control the hazards.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-01; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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