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Immigrant roofer electrocuted when an aluminum ladder platform hoist contacted overhead power line - 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 10MA019, 2011 Jul; :1-7
On August 3, 2010 a 23-year-old male laborer (victim) was electrocuted and two co-workers were severely shocked when the 32-foot aluminum ladder that was part of a ladder platform hoist came in contact with energized overhead power lines. The victim and the two co-workers were in the process of raising the ladder from a horizontal position on the ground to a vertical position against a building. While raising the ladder to the vertical position, the workers lost their footing and the ladder fell towards and came in contact with energized overhead power lines. Two co-workers were shocked and thrown to the ground. The victim was electrocuted and the ladder fell to the ground landing on top of him. Once the two co-workers regained mobility, they went to assist the victim. One of the coworkers placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS) and then placed a second call to the employer. The local police arrived followed by EMS within minutes of the call. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1) Eliminate the use of conductive tools and equipment, including ladders, in proximity to energized overhead power lines; 2) Conduct job site surveys prior to the start of construction projects to identify potential hazards, such as energized overhead power lines, and implement appropriate control measures for these hazards; and 3) Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program, which includes hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions, such as working around energized overhead power lines. In addition, manufacturers of ladder platform hoists should: 4) Design the ladder section of the platform hoists to be non-conductive.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Electrocutions; Electrical-shock; Electric-power-transmission-lines; Electrical-equipment; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Ladders; Hoisting-equipment; Electrical-conductivity; Equipment-design; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Work-environment; Hazards; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-10MA019; 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