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Night watchman drowns from fall into Massachusetts river.

Massachusetts 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 93MA002, 1994 Apr; :1-3
In the early morning hours of January 25, 1993, a 50 year old, male night watchman was found dead in a Massachusetts river. As part of nightly security checks, the victim was to ensure that tug boat generators remained fully operational. It is speculated that as he ascended or descended a ladder from the pier to a barge, the ladder dislodged sending him and the ladder into the frigid river. Reporting to work at his appointed time, the tug boat captain found the victim floating face up in the river and immediately summoned EMS and municipal rescue personnel. EMS transported the victim to the regional hospital where he was pronounced dead. In order to prevent similar future occurrences, the Massachusetts FACE Program recommends that employers: 1. Provide safe means of accessing docked marine craft; 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, jobsite surveys, written safety procedures for all jobs with potential hazards, and training workers in dockside safety and fall hazard recognition; 3. Ensure use of personal flotation devices (PFD) when working near or above water.
Region-1; 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; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Ladders; Marine-workers; Dockworkers; Dockyards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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