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Maintenance contractor dies after falling from a ladder.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
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 97NJ045, 1998 Jan; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
20026648
Abstract
On July 7, 1997, a 79 year-old self-employed maintenance contractor was killed after falling about six feet from a step ladder while preparing to work on an overhead fluorescent light fixture. The incident occurred in the welding shop of a company that imported and distributed heavy machinery. The victim was a former employee of the company who had retired 11 years earlier but was occasionally hired as an independent contractor to do light electrical and maintenance work. On this day, the victim had climbed a 7 foot wooden stepladder and had removed a ceiling panel next to the light fixture on which he planned to work. A company worker who was grinding nearby saw the victim falling from the ladder and strike the concrete floor. He suffered multiple internal injuries and died later that day. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Contractors should always work from a stable work platform. 2. Contractors should have an electrical lock-out/tag-out procedure that includes deenergizing and testing electrical circuits before working on them. 3. Contractors should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Keywords
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-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Maintenance-workers; Ladders
Publication Date
19980130
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-100018
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-97NJ045; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-42
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division