Sign installer fatally injured in 47 foot fall from billboard.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 94CO004, 1994 Jul; :1-2
On January 28, 1994 an employee of an outdoor advertising firm in Colorado was fatally injured when he fell from the billboard on which he was working. In this incident, a crew of three were installing new panels on a billboard. Employee #1 (the deceased) was standing on a walkway 47 feet above ground level. As his co-workers lifted each panel from the billboard framework, Employee #1 would push out on the top of the panel to disengage the retaining clips. Just prior to the fatal fall, coworkers observed Employee #1 at his location on the walkway with his safety lanyard attached to the wire rope life line. It is unknown why he disconnected his safety lanyard. As the co-workers were moving a panel, they heard Employee #1 strike a support bar and observed him falling to the ground. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Implement 29 CFR 1910.23 (c)(1) that requires the use of guard rails on the use of all open-sided floors or platforms four feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices. 3. Conduct a work-site survey to assess the potential safety hazards. Once an assessment has been completed, written safety rules and procedures should be developed, implemented, and enforced.
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