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Electrician killed when scissor lift tips over in New Jersey.

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 00NJ073, 2001 Jul; :1-9
On September 7, 2000, a 36-year-old electrician was killed when his scissor lift toppled over as he was preparing to install a light under a building soffit. The incident occurred at a bus terminal where the victim's employer had been contracted to install 36 high-intensity lights around the perimeter of the two-story building. A crew of three workers was installing the last few lights in the rear of the building, located about 25 feet from the edge of a bay. Due to a large awning that covered an outdoor patio, the crew could not use their cherry-picker lift truck and instead used a battery-powered, hydraulic scissor lift to reach the soffit. Using a large sheet of plywood as a base on the ground, the crew positioned the lift near the side of the building. The supervisor raised the lift to test it before turning it over to the victim with his job instructions. At about 4:30 p.m. the victim's co-worker was sawing wood on the ground below the lift when he heard the victim cry out and saw the lift fall over. The lift's work platform crashed to the ground at the edge of the bay, throwing the victim headfirst into the shallow water. To prevent similar incidents in the future, NJ FACE recommends following these safety guidelines: 1. Employers should ensure that personnel lifts are correctly used and positioned per manufacturer's directions. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work tasks with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should ensure that scissor lift operators are properly trained.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Training; Electrical-industry; Electrical-workers; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NJ073; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division