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A canal rider working for an irrigation district in Texas, died when he fell into a standpipe four feet in diameter and 16 feet high.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX197, 1998 Dec; :1-4
On March 19, 1998, a 47-year-old canal rider (the victim) died when he fell into a standpipe four feet in diameter and 16 feet high. The victim was dispatched to the standpipe location to shut off the flow of water in an underground water line. Shortly after dispatching the victim to the site, the victim's supervisor tried to contact the victim via portable radio. When he did not get a response he drove to the location and found the victim's truck. Another worker, who had arrived after the victim had fallen, climbed to the top of the standpipe and saw the deceased at the bottom of the standpipe. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were notified. When they arrived on the scene they removed the victim and the coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Install fixed ladders with safety climb devices on the inside and outside of standpipes and a platform equipped with rails for workers to stand on when they cannot reach the control valve from the ground. 2. Periodically inspect all fixed ladders and safety climb devices.
Region-6; 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; Ladders; Personal-protection; Water-industry; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX197; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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