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Construction worker falls to his death from a collapsed scaffold tower in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 90NJ004, 1990 Nov; :1-4
On April 24, 1990, a 28-year-old construction worker in New Jersey was killed after falling 33 feet from a collapsed scaffold tower. The victim was a member of a crew that specialized in erection of steel storage tank. They were erecting waste water tanks in the site of a chemical company. Standing on top of a tubular welded steel scaffold tower, in the center of the tank under construction, the victim reached forward to adjust a section of the roof dome being assembled. As he did so, the unstable scaffold tipped backward and the worker fell 33 feet to his death. New Jersey Department of Health FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers and employees must: 1. assess each job for potential hazards and plan according to this assessment; 2. provide safety training to all employees that addresses all potential hazards to which workers mat be exposed; 3. securely construct and stabilize all scaffolding to prevent tipping; 4. ensure safety by fully planking and utilizing guardrails on scaffold towers; 5. utilize alternate methods of construction when feasible.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Scaffolds; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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