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

New Jersey Department of Health
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
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.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91NJ017; 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
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