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Maintenance engineer dies after falling 25 feet from a collapsing scaffold.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91NJ015, 1991 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026739
Abstract
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.
Keywords
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
Publication Date
19911220
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-101695
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91NJ015; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-92
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
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