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A painter falls 12 feet while painting a pump hose platform system - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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 07MA025, 2009 Jan; :1-9
On May 12, 2007, a 37-year-old male immigrant worker (victim) was fatally injured when he fell while painting a fixed raised pump hose platform system located in a loading dock area. He was an employee of a painting contractor hired to paint the platform system by the platform's owner, an agricultural cooperative that specializes in manufacturing juice. The victim was on one of the platform system's gangways when the gangway lowered causing him to lose his balance and fall approximately 12 feet to a concrete floor below. Emergency medical services (EMS) and the local police department were called by an employee of the agricultural cooperative. EMS and the local police department arrived within minutes. EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should ensure that fall protection and relevant training are provided to employees who are exposed to fall hazards when working six feet or more above a lower level. Companies and outside contractors hired to paint equipment/machinery should conduct a joint job safety analysis (JSA) of the work area and tasks to be performed to ensure worker safety. Franchise corporate headquarters should develop mandatory policies for health and safety practices to be included as requirements in franchise agreements. Liquid product manufacturers utilizing pump hose platform systems should: 1. Ensure that gangways when not in use are locked in the stored position with warning signs posted at the gangway entrance areas. 2. Consider the feasibility of using bottom filling equipment and tanker trucks.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Work-operations; Work-areas; Safety-equipment; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-personnel; Training; Painters; Painting; Scaffolds
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07MA025; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division