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Laborer dies after falling 8 feet while spreading a tarp on a trailer.

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 94NJ003, 1994 Jun; :1-4
On January 11, 1994, a 54 year-old male laborer was killed after falling eight feet from a flatbed trailer. The incident occurred after the victim had loaded the trailer with pallets of bagged cement. He had climbed on top of the pallets to spread a tarp over them when he apparently slipped and fell to the ground. He suffered severe head injuries and died the next day. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Tarping should be done by two persons in wet conditions or adverse weather. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should provide a safe means of access to the trailers. 4. Employers and employees should ensure that tarps are stored in an area protected from the weather. 5. Tarp manufactures should issue written safety directions on tarp use and hazards.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Cement-industry; Hazards; Head-injuries
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ003; 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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