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Service technician working alone dies after being assaulted.

University of Kentucky
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 09KY078, 2010 Sep; :1-7
One late fall evening in 2009, a 53 year-old male technician was working alone at a repair shop. At approximately 9:45 PM, the technician returned to the shop with his dinner from a nearby fast-food establishment. He spread his dinner on the workbench and began eating when apparently he was attacked from behind. His attacker used a knife and cut the technician's carotid artery and jugular vein on the left side of his neck. The attacker fled, and the technician used a cell phone to call 911, emergency medical services (EMS). When EMS arrived, they found the technician dead at the scene. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: Recommendation No. 1: A workplace security analysis should be performed and personal safety practices implemented. Recommendation No. 2: A building maintenance assessment should be performed on a regular basis and repairs made. Recommendation No. 3: Neighboring businesses should partner and form a business neighborhood crime watch.
Region-4; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Workplace-monitoring; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Stab wound; Technician; Working alone; Work place security analysis
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09KY078; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008483
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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University of Kentucky
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