Truck tarper slips off wet tarp and falls to his death.
NIOSH 1990 Oct; :1-3
On March 30, 1990, a 51year-old male trucking company employee in New Jersey slipped off a wet tarp covering a load on a flat bed truck and fell 59½ inches to a concrete floor. He died on March 31, 1990. Although he had performed this task numerous times, this evening the tarp was wet and his shoes were slippery. FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers and employees should: 1. perform the tarping in pairs, 2. wear shoes with non-skid soles and adequate tread, 3. evaluate each job task and prepare written safety directions, 4. store tarps in an area protected from the weather.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Transportation-workers; Transportation-industry; Transportation
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health