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Bridge worker falls 140 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 90NJ019, 1991 Feb; :1-3
On October 31, 1990, a 24-year-old bridge worker fell 140 feet to his death from a six foot wide walkway on top of a supporting pier of a large bridge spanning water. The victim was employed by a subcontractor who had contracted to install rigging on the bridge so the structure could be inspected. While walking on a ledge on top of a pier, the victim, who wore a safety belt and lanyard but was not tied off, fell 140 feet and landed in the wet mud below. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must stress the safe and continuous use of personal protective equipment. 2. Any worker who is in danger of a fall of over 25 feet must be protected by the use of safety nets.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-belts; Work-practices; Region-2; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ019; 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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