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Window washer dies after falling off of hydraulic lift.

Authors
Minnesota 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 92MN003, 1992 Sep; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20027348
Abstract
A 58-year-old male window washer (victim) died when the hydraulic lift he was using tipped over backwards, and he fell approximately 40 feet to a marble floor below. MN FACE investigators determined that error in equipment set-up resulted in instability of the lift. There were many warnings on the lift about failure of proper set-up possibly leading to serious injury or death. There were, however, minimal equipment design features to prevent this from occurring. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. manufacturers of equipment requiring set-up should design equipment so it cannot be incorrectly assembled; 2. manufacturers of equipment requiring set-up should use engineering controls (electrical interlocks) which prevent operation in case of incorrect assembly; and 3. employers should encourage employees to tie-off to a stationary support whenever using any aerial lift to ensure fall restraint.
Keywords
Region-5; 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; Window-cleaning; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
Publication Date
19920929
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-111920
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-92MN003; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MN; WV
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division