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Massachusetts steel company field superintendent dies in thirty foot fall from ladder.

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 94MA004, 1994 May; :1-3
On November 4, 1993, a 47 year old, male steel company field superintendent died from injuries received in a thirty foot fall from an access ladder to a gantry crane. The victim was on the upper rungs of the ladder, which was equipped with a cage designed to help prevent falls, surveying the crane system which was soon to be dismantled and moved. A co-worker saw the victim hanging head first, apparently unconscious, from the top of the ladder just prior to his fall to the ground. Although no burn marks were found in the autopsy, it appears that the victim was electrocuted by the still energized crane system. The victim was tended to by his co-workers until emergency medical services arrived. Emergency responders transported the victim to a regional hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately forty minutes after the fall. In order to prevent future similar circumstances, MA FACE recommends that employers: 1. Ensure that electric power circuits are deenergized, tested to verify that they have been deenergized, and locked out/tagged out prior to allowing employees to work in close proximity to the circuits. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program which includes worker training in recognizing and avoiding potential safety and health hazards. 3. Ensure that personal protective equipment is provided and used to include, but not be limited to, head protection.
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; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-fields; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electrical-safety; Electrical-transmission; Electricity; Electrocutions; Ladders; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Health-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA004; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division