Maintenance engineer dies after falling 25 feet from a collapsing scaffold.
NIOSH 1991 Dec; :1-4
On September 5, 1991, a 57 year-old maintenance engineer was fatally injured after a 25 foot fall from a collapsing scaffold. The incident occurred at a correctional facility after the victim climbed a scaffold in order to fix a separation in the scaffold's sections. As he was lowering the scaffold planks to the ground, the scaffold collapsed and the victim fell to a concrete gutter. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers must insure that scaffolds are properly erected and maintained before use. 2. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes training workers in the proper methods of erecting and working from scaffolds. 3. Employers should conduct regularly scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections at each jobsite. 4. Employers should insure that safety representatives are properly qualified and trained to recognize safety hazards.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-performance; Scaffolds; Safety-programs; Training; Occupational-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