DEATH-TRAPs - Death Traps Electrocutions, Trench Cave-ins...

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Death Traps Electrocutions, Trench Cave-ins and Falls
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How can the number of construction fatalities be reduced? A good beginning is to have a better understanding of the causation of accidents
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The elimination of all fatalities should be the goal of the construction industry . OSHA gathers information on injuries and fatalities. ( a valuable resource) These inspection reports include various coded information
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Despite the considerable information that is coded, CODES provide little detail The reports are accompanied by abstracts that give more detail time period from 1984 to 1995, a span of time that included a large number of trench- related cases.
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The Findings To Be Presented are Based on Extensive Examination of the OSHA Abstracts of Construction Accidents
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Powerline Contacts 2/3 of the electrocutions in construction are related to powerline contacts
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Powerline Contacts Cause At Least 100 Fatalities Each Year Note: This hazard generally exists before the contractor sets foot on the project site
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Of the powerline contacts, 88% are fatal (7% of the incidents involve 2 or more fatalities)
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Of the Powerline Contacts, 2% are with underground powerlines (Do the dig numbers work?)
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Types of Lines Contacted 92% are distribution lines Others: drop-down service (120-480 V) and transmission lines (66kV+) Most (60%) line contacts are in the range of 7,000 to 20,000 V
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Types of Contacts with Powerlines Equipment 50% Items Carried 20.5% Ladders 12.9% Human (direct contact - often when in a lift, etc.) 10.2%
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Equipment Contacts (most are when moving the boom) Cranes 41.55% Boom Trucks 15.14% Aerial Bucket 7.0% Dump Trucks 6.7% Backhoe 4.9% Concrete Pump 4.2%
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Role of Workers Involved in Powerline Contacts Rigger or spotter 47.5% Operator 37.9% Side Labor 14.6%
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Ladder Incidents Moving the ladder 56% Putting up the ladder 24% Taking the ladder down 20%
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Age of Victims: 16 to 65 (most are 20 - 30 years old)
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Timing of Most Contacts June to October most in October
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Time of Day of Most Contacts 10:00 a.m. to noon & 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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Type of Work Associated with Powerline Contacts Sewer construction Painting Roofing Tree-trimming
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TRENCHING INCIDENTS Trenching Related Fatalities and Injuries Estimate of 100 fatalities per year
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MOST TRENCHING DEATHS struck by earth materials caught in-between the trench walls
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