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Apprentice boilermaker falls 122 feet to his death 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 90NJ007, 1990 Nov; :1-4
A 20-year-old apprentice boilermaker, who was acting as a fire watch, died at approximately 3:30 a.m. on May 31, 1990 as a result of a 122 foot fall. He was employed by one of several construction companies that were contracted to refurbish very large exterior structures at a petro-chemical plant. Working at night, the victim was assigned the task of watching for, and extinguishing, fires created by the welding process. After using a portable fire extinguisher, the victim fell between a sloping wall and an adjacent walkway to his death. New Jersey FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must provide safety training, to all employees, which addresses the safety hazards of each job at a work site, 2. Employers and supervisors should question employees about their knowledge of the use of new tools or new tasks. They should anticipate lack of knowledge about safety and should not wait for employees to raise questions, 3. Employers must provide, and all workers use, fall protection whenever there is a danger of a serious fall, 4. Supervisors and workers should keep a careful accounting of the location of all employees.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Welding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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