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Carpenter dies after falling 22 feet from a ladder when aluminum siding section contacts an overhead power line.

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 91NJ017, 1992 Jan; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026741
Abstract
On September 24, 1991, a 49 year-old male carpenter was fatally injured after falling 22 feet from an aluminum ladder when a section of aluminum siding he was holding contacted a 110 volt overhead power line. The incident occurred at a two story townhouse while the victim was attempting to install a 12 foot section of j-channel. While moving the section, it contacted the power line, shocking the victim and causing him to fall from the ladder. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should conduct a daily job hazard analysis with the participation of the workers. 2. Employers should contact local utility companies and request that they de-energize or insulate all power lines in proximity to the work area. 3. Employers should provide ladders made of non-conductive materials such as wood or fiberglass when working near electrical conductors.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Training; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electrical-systems; Electricity; Ladders; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards
Publication Date
19920107
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2013-104918
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91NJ017; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division