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Hispanic day laborer electrocuted when an aluminum extension ladder contacted an overhead power line.

New Jersey Department of 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 06NJ076, 2009 Mar; :1-6
On August 17, 2006, a 21-year-old Hispanic male day laborer was electrocuted when the aluminum extension ladder he and a co-worker were carrying in an upright position contacted a 13-kilovolt (KV) overhead power line. The ladder, missing a pulley to adjust the length, had been retrieved from a pile of damaged ladders at the general contractor's storage yard. The worker, an immigrant from Guatemala, had been on the job for three days. The incident occurred at a condominium complex where his employer, a subcontractor, had been contracted to remove and replace roofing shingles. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1.) Employers should familiarize themselves with regulations and standards that govern safety and health in the workplace. 2.) Employers should develop and enforce a safety and health plan. 3.) Employers should conduct a site-specific job hazard analysis of all work activities. 4.) Employers should train workers on safe ways of working and recognizing and avoiding hazards. 5.) Employers should provide equipment to workers that are free of defects and are in good working condition.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electrical-hazards; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrocutions; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ladders; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Racial-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-environment; 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-06NJ076; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division