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Window washer falls 40 feet.

Authors
Nebraska Department of Labor
Source
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 96NE020, 1999 Jul; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20027855
Abstract
A 41-year-old window washer fell approximately 40 feet to his death while washing windows on an office building. He was wearing fall protection at the time of the incident, however it was not adequate for the task being performed. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers and employees must ensure an adequate personal fall arrest system is available and used for all tasks which subject an individual to a fall of more than six feet. 2. Working surfaces should be kept free of any slipping hazards. 3. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition to include proper use of fall protection equipment.
Keywords
Region-7; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Window-cleaning
Publication Date
19990727
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-102027
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-96NE020; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NE; WV
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division