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Roofer dies after falling 30 feet from a ladder when an aluminum pole contacts an overhead power line.

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 93NJ069, 1993 Dec; :1-3
On August 18, 1993, a 36 year-old male roofer was fatally injured after falling 30 feet from an wooden ladder when the metal pole of a mop he was holding contacted a 3,600 volt overhead power line. The incident occurred while the victim was climbing up a ladder to the roof of a three story row house. As he was stepping off the ladder to the roof, the aluminum handle of the mop he was carrying contacted the power line, shocking him and causing him to fall to the ground. The victim died of his injuries 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. The employer should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive employee safety program. 2. Employers should conduct a daily job hazard analysis with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should contact the local power company for assistance when working near overhead power lines.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ069; 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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