On November 15, 2001, a 65-year-old male structural engineer (the victim) was fatally injured while inspecting a viaduct. The victim and another co-worker were conducting their inspection on a vehicle mounted work platform that was extended approximately 50 feet up and out in the passenger side direction when the truck tipped in that same direction. The ground below the extended work platform declined approximately 30 feet from the road level, and when the truck tipped, the platform fell approximately 80 feet striking a section of chain link fence. Representatives of a subcontractor, on site to set up the work zone, heard the truck tip and placed the call for emergency assistance. Personnel from the local police, fire department and the medical examiner's office were notified and responded to the scene within minutes. The local medical examiner pronounced the victim dead at the incident site. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure employees understand the importance of positioning vehicle mounted work platforms and proper deployment of outriggers prior to using the work platform. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a written comprehensive safety program, which includes vehicle mounted work platform safe operating procedures. 3. Provide general and task specific safety training for all employees including contractors as outlined in their comprehensive safety program. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should: 4. Explore the possibility of revising contract bid applications to require that applicants submit a comprehensive safety program that addresses safe operating procedures and worker training for all tasks to be performed under the contract. Manufacturers of vehicle mounted aerial work platforms should: 5. Explore the possibility of incorporating interlocks on all aerial lifts with outriggers that would prohibit operation if the outriggers were not fully extended. In addition, companies that rent vehicle mounted aerial devices should: 6. Inspect the device, ensure a copy of the operator's manual is with each device and provide training on the device prior to each rental.
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; Equipment-operators; Safety-programs; Personal-protection