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Maintenance contractor dies after falling from a ladder.

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 97NJ045, 1998 Jan; :1-7
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 7½ 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.
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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ045; 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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