Painter is electrocuted while power-washing a bridge.
NIOSH 1992 Mar; :1-4
On August 10, 1991, a 26-year-old male bridge painter died after the steel-reinforced water hose connected to his pressure-washing gun made contact with a 13,000 volt electrical powerline. The victim was working from a suspended work platform approximately 50 feet above the powerline. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. Prior to working in close proximity of powerlines, the employer should contact the local utility company and request that the powerlines be de-energized; 2. Alternate methods of securing the hose to the bridge framework should be devised.
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; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Electrocutions; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Painters; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New Jersey Department of Health