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Municipal forestry foreman drowns while on emergency duty during an ice storm - 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 08MA054, 2010 Jun; :1-10
On December 12, 2008 a 50-year-old male municipal forestry foreman (victim) drowned in a stream while on emergency duty during a storm. The victim had been on and off emergency duty throughout the night responding to calls of down trees and tree limbs. At the time of the incident, the victim was in the process of leaving the department of public works parking lot. While backing his work pickup truck, the truck backed over an embankment at the edge of the parking and partially down into a stream. It appears that when the victim exited the pickup truck, he fell into the water that then swept him down stream. The victim was found approximately two miles down stream by a search and rescue team the next day. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1.) Install barriers along parking lot perimeters that abut embankments; 2.) Conduct hazard assessments of outdoor workspaces to identify hazards and then develop and implement procedures to eliminate these hazards; In addition, municipalities should: 3.) Develop, implement and enforce emergency procedures for tree-related incidents, especially during inclement weather, and provide employees training on these procedures; and 4.) Develop, implement, and enforce comprehensive health and safety programs that include training on hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warning-devices; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MA054; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division