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Hispanic tower erector falls to death from television tower.

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 03NE019, 2005 Jan; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20027955
Abstract
A 22-year-old Hispanic male tower technician fell 1200 feet to his death from a 1500 foot high television transmission tower. The victim was part of a five person maintenance crew reinforcing the tower after installation of a high-definition television antenna. While changing positions, the victim, who was using a positioning system but not an independent fall protection system, slipped and fell. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees are tied off 100% of the time. 2. Ensure employees wear appropriate work clothing at all times. 3. Ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is suitable for the task being performed and maintained in a safe condition. 4. Retrain those employees that have not retained the requisite understanding and/or skills necessary to protect themselves and others during climbing operations.
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; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Maintenance-workers
Publication Date
20050104
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-112824
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-03NE019; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NE; WV
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor
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