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Dockman drowns after falling off pier into water.

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 93NJ007, 1993 May; :1-4
On the evening of November 28, 1992, a 58-year-old dock worker fell from a pier into a large river that divides two states. He had untied most of the lines that secured a barge to the dock when he was witnessed to fall from the pier into the water. His body was found the next day. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should conduct a hazard assessment of all jobs, preferably with the assistance of employees. 2. Life vests should be worn at all times when working on docks or near water. 3. Engineering or equipment changes should be implemented to prevent a worker from falling from a pier. 4. Workers should not work alone on the dock or in other potentially hazardous areas. 5. Employers and employees should be aware of the dangers of abuse of alcohol and other substances that may impair judgment or alertness at work.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Substance-abuse; Dockworkers; Dockyards; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-operations; Marine-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ007; 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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