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Construction laborer electrocuted at school renovation site.

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 93NJ063, 1994 Jun; :1-5
On August 9, 1993, a 33 year-old male construction laborer was electrocuted while working in a public school building. The incident occurred in the entrance vestibule where a lighting fixture was hanging down by its electrical cable. At about 8:30 a.m., the victim was in the vestibule apparently carrying discarded tiles outside when a second worker heard him scream and found him clutching a garbage can for support. The second worker (who was the victim's brother and a police officer) went to his aid and started CPR when the victim went into cardiac arrest. It is not known how the victim contacted the electrical energy that killed him. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incident in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers and employees should ensure that all electrical circuits are de-energized and tested before working on them. 2. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce an electrical lock-out, tag-out procedure. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ063; 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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