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Stevedore falls to deck of tug in Dutch Harbor.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 95AK003, 1995 Aug; :1-3
A stevedore died as a result of head injuries sustained during a fall from the stern of a vessel on January 27, 1995. The victim had been loading a Japanese refrigeration/cargo vessel, the M/V Akama. He was exiting the vessel to return to shore via a transport tug in Captain's Bay. While climbing down a rope ladder secured to the stern, he stopped after descending 3-4 rungs and appeared to panic. He let go of the ladder from approximately 10-12 feet above the deck of the tug. He landed feet first on the deck, but may have slipped on deck ice. He fell backwards and struck his head on a metal box on the forward deck of the tug. Although later conscious and capable of walking to an ambulance, he died at a local clinic about two hours later. 1. Employers should ensure that appropriate equipment is available for ingress and egress of vessels. 2. Employers should ensure that all workers exposed to shipboard environments receive appropriate training in ingress and egress of vessels.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Training; Fishing-industry; Ladders; Equipment-reliability; Dockworkers
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-95AK003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
SIC Code
NAICS-48; NAICS-1141
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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