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Crane operator dies after falling 14 feet from icy embankment.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91CO017, 1991 Sep; :1-3
A 65-year-old heavy equipment operator died from injuries sustained in a 14-foot fall. The crane operator had completed the task of lifting reinforcement rods and was attempting to assist coworkers in clean-up operations. As the victim walked onto an embankment, he lost his footing and fell. The embankment had a light cover of new-fallen snow and did not have any guardrails or protective barrier erected. The victim landed on a large rock at the base of the embankment. Co-workers immediately came to his assistance. CPR was initiated within one minute by certified personnel. The victim was transported to a local hospital where resuscitative attempts were unsuccessful. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Implement 29 CFR 1926.104, which requires the use of safety belts, lifelines, and lanyards when working from elevations; 2. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of projects; 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices; 4. Equip walkways with standard guardrails.
Region-8; 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-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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FACE-91CO017; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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