School maintenance worker dies after falling 20 feet from a ladder while servicing an outdoor athletic field light.
NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-3
On November 16, 1993, a 54 year-old male school maintenance/custodial worker died after falling 20 feet from a ladder. The incident occurred when the victim climbed the ladder to replace a light on a pole at a high school football field. After raising the ladder from the bed of his pickup truck to the light pole, the crossarm broke, causing the ladder to fall against a fence and throwing the victim to the ground. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that employees receive the proper equipment and training before performing a job task. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive safety program with the assistance of a joint labor/management safety committee.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Ladders; Safety-programs; Hazards; Maintenance-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health