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Laborer dies when he falls 35 feet from a scaffold after being electrocuted - California.

Public Health Institute
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 08CA006, 2009 Jan; :1-5
A 34-year-old male Hispanic laborer working for a solar energy company fell 35 feet from a scaffold to the ground below after being electrocuted. The victim was standing on the scaffold and lifting a 20-foot aluminum bracket from the ground. When the metal bracket reached the top of the scaffold, the victim pulled on one end of the bracket. The other end of the bracket contacted high voltage electrical lines approximately 10 feet away from the scaffold, and the victim was electrocuted. The victim fell from the scaffold approximately 35 feet to the ground below. The FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future electrocutions among solar energy workers: 1. Solar energy contractors should conduct a daily job hazard analysis of the work area, including any electrical hazards from high voltage power lines. 2. Solar energy contractors should establish and maintain safety programs that include electrical hazard recognition, including high voltage power lines. These recommendations should be implemented as part of the required Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Electrical-hazards; Electrocutions; Training; Work-areas; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08CA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division