Electrician falls from ladder in Wyoming.
NIOSH 1993 Nov; :1-3
A 58 year old male electrician died in a hospital from injuries he had received 10 days earlier when he fell from a ladder while changing a light bulb in an apartment building where he was in charge of maintenance. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital emergency room with hemorrhagic contusion, multiple rib fractures, appearance of a lung contusion, and deformity of his face and skull that were the result of prior bone grafting. During initial evaluation, it was determined that the patient also had a high blood-alcohol level, obstructive lung disease and various types of infection. Over time, the patient's condition deteriorated and, partially because of physical condition unrelated to his injuries, he would not be able to survive without vigorous efforts, and would probably not be able to move his extremities or empty his stomach normally even with intensive care. It was decided in consultation with family members, that no further vigorous efforts including ventilatory support or CPR would be performed and the patient expired. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Provide safety information and/or training for apartment managers and maintenance personnel. 2. Employ standards for managerial/maintenance personnel to address use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace. 3. Provide for periodic examination and testing of equipment used for upkeep and maintenance of buildings.
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; Supervisory-personnel; Training; Maintenance-workers; Substance-abuse; Alcoholic-beverages; Drug-abuse; Drugs; Ladders; Electrical-industry; Electrical-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wyoming Department of Health