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55-Year-old communications tower worker killed after falling 60 feet.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health
Source
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 08NJ052, 2010 Mar; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20037824
Abstract
On July 18, 2008, a 55-year-old male communications tower worker died after falling 60 feet from a self-supported tower to the ground. On the day of the incident, the decedent and three other workers were performing structural upgrades to a 280-foot-tall communications tower in southern New Jersey. Two workers, including the victim, were stationed on the southeast face of the structure at a height of 60 feet. While the victim was preparing to ready his position to finish working, he fell backwards from the tower to the ground, and died instantly. NJ FACE investigators recommend that these safety guidelines be followed to prevent similar incidents: 1.) Tower workers should utilize a separate fall protection system when employing vertical lifelines or controlled descent devices. 2.) Communication tower employees should be trained on the proper use of tower climbing and fall protection equipment. 3.) A safety and health plan based on a job hazard analysis should be developed by the employer and followed for each tower climb where workers are assigned tasks.
Keywords
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Communications-industry; Communication-workers; Harnesses; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Job-analysis; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Public-utilities; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Publication Date
20100310
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-102058
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-08NJ052; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; WV
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division