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Welder dies following a 100 foot fall from a water tower.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 92NJ046, 1992 Dec; :1-5
On September 21, 1992, a 25 year-old male welder was killed after falling 100 feet from a leg of a municipal water tower. The incident occurred while the victim and a co-worker were welding antenna support brackets onto the leg of the tower. The victim apparently disconnected his fall protection and was climbing the leg of the tower when he fell approximately 100 feet to the ground. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that these guidelines should be followed in order to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. Employers must thoroughly plan all work and perform a job hazard analysis of the site prior to starting work. 2. When practical, employers should provide and require the use of a stable work platform for working at elevated worksites. 3. Employers should provide a system of fall protection that protects employees at all times when working at elevations. 4. Employers should ensure that fall protection equipment is appropriate and maintained in good condition. Employees should inspect fall protection equipment before each use to ensure that all components are in operational order. 5. Employers should insure that material hoists are not used for raising or lowering employees to or from the worksite. 6. Employers should ensure that electrical safety practices are followed when welding. 7. Owners of water towers and similar structures should design and install a permanent static safety line system on the tower to facilitate the use of fall protection devices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Training; Walking-surfaces; Welders; Welding; Welding-equipment; Welding-industry; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-practices; Workplace-monitoring; 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-92NJ046; 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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