Window washer dies after falling off of hydraulic lift.
NIOSH 1992 Sep; :1-4
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.
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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health