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Maintenance engineer dies after falling approximately 45 feet from a catwalk in California.

Public Health Institute
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 96CA005, 1996 Nov; :1-3
A 40-year-old male maintenance engineer (the victim) died after falling approximately 45 feet from a catwalk where he had been attempting to dislodge a piece of chain on a bulk-flow feeder elevator (conveyor). The victim had removed an inspection panel on a section of the conveyor in order to remove a piece of the conveyor chain. The piece of chain link had become lodged during an earlier attempt to repair the conveyor. The victim lost his balance falling backwards off the catwalk and striking a metal bar on his fall to the ground. There had been no recent safety inspection conducted in this area of the facility. There was no guardrail at this location and the victim had not been wearing a safety belt/harness or lanyard at the time of the incident. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent future similar occurrences employers should: 1. ensure that fall-protection equipment is provided and utilized by employees whenever work is performed from an elevation where the potential for a fall exists. 2. install guardrails in all work areas where a fall hazard exists. 3. routinely conduct scheduled and unscheduled worksite safety inspections.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Maintenance-workers; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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