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Resident caretaker dies from electrocution.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 92MN011, 1992 Nov; :1-3
A 27-year-old resident caretaker (victim) of an apartment building was electrocuted along with two juvenile helpers when a mobile scaffold he was moving made contact with an overhead 7200V power line. He was moving the scaffold to a location where he planned to repair a portion of the building's soffit. According to an employer representative, this job was not part of usual resident caretaker responsibilities. Caretakers who possessed applicable skills could bid to do other jobs around the apartment buildings, such as repair work or painting, when they became available. The victim had bid and been awarded this particular job. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should initiate a safety policy that addresses specific tasks performed by employees, identifies safety hazards, and stresses safety training; and 2. formal training regarding the hazards posed by overhead power lines should be given to all employees who work near these lines.
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; Training; Scaffolds; Electricity; Electrocutions; Maintenance-workers; Age-factors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MN011; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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