Municipal maintenance worker killed when struck with the steel coupling of an out-of-control high pressure water hose.
NIOSH 1996 Dec; :1-5
On June 27, 1996 a 62 year-old senior grounds keeper/maintenance worker was killed when a high pressure water hose went out of control. A crew of workers was using a plunger pump sewer cleaner to attempt to blast water into a hole to deepen it for installation of a new light pole. The victim died when he was struck on the head by the steel coupling of the hose. Three other workers were injured. New Jersey FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Equipment should be used only for the purpose for which it was designed. 2. Employers should implement a comprehensive safety training program. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis to identify and correct potential 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; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Safety-programs
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health