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

New Jersey Department of Health
NIOSH 2010 Mar; :1-10
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.
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
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08NJ052; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health