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New Jersey painter/de-leader dies in fall from suspended scaffold in water tank in Massachusetts.

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 95MA027, 1997 Jan; :1-5
On August 3, 1995, a 45 year old male died, and a co-worker was injured, when the powered suspended platform on which they were working collapsed. The two men were hanging spray paint lines inside a 5.3 million gallon municipal water tank when the incident occurred. As the platform was descending the wall of the tank, one of two wire ropes suspending the platform broke. One end of the platform collapsed causing both men to fall to the sand covered bottom of the steel tank. Following prompt emergency response, the one worker was airlifted to a regional hospital where he survived serious injuries, while the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was officially pronounced dead less than forty-five minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that employees engaged in operations on suspended work platforms are provided fall protection equipment to be used at all times. 2. Ensure that wire rope used in suspended scaffolds is in proper condition before every shift. 3. Train all employees in the identification and control of hazards during the assembly, operation and use of powered suspended scaffolds.
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; Equipment-reliability; Training; Equipment-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Painters; Scaffolds
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MA027; 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