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A maintenance supervisor dies when he falls off a ladder into a hot water tank.

Public Health Institute
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 07CA005 2008 Jul; :1-5
A 54-year-old Hispanic maintenance supervisor died from injuries he received when he fell off a ladder into a tank of hot water. The tank did not have a cover or grate over the top to prevent objects or people from falling in. The victim ascended the ladder to check the wiring in a conduit above the tank. The ladder was placed adjacent to the tank. The victim had to extend his body to his right beyond the rails of the ladder in order to get to the conduit. The company safety training program was prepared and implemented by an outside safety consulting company. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure vats and tanks are safeguarded by grates or covers whenever work occurs above them. 2. Ensure that a general hazard assessment is conducted prior to beginning any job or work task. 3. Ensure that employees use a safe method to gain access to elevated work areas. 4. Develop, implement, and enforce a fall protection program in conjunction with the IIPP.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Ladders; Protective-measures; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division