Stay out of line of fire-please

by on July 8, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Uncategorized, Workplace Safety Network
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An accident at a Harrison County, KY, Verizon cell phone tower left one worker dead, but it’s the horrific details that make this case something this company will never forget.

Two workers were approximately 240 feet in the air, and two workers were on the ground: The work plan was to first lower a nearly one-ton boom to the ground, and then raise a similarly heavy replacement boom. The four men successfully lowered the old equipment.

When raising the new boom, however, the crew encountered difficulties (exactly what is under investigation). The boom fell to the ground, and as it did so, one of the cables used to hoist or stabilize the boom caught the worker’s neck, decapitating him. The worker’s body remained on the tower, and had to be removed later by rescuers. The other three men were physically uninjured.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “struck-by” accidents are the second leading cause of construction fatalities, behind falls. That’s why it’s crucial to review line-of-fire and other potential struck-by hazards prior to high-hazard operations, such as hoisting and rigging, to see if struck-by dangers can be avoided or minimized in case something goes wrong.

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