Miner Falls from Ladder, Impaled by Pry Bar
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Type:  Safety Bulletin/Alert

Publisher:  U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Fall Protection

Always use the "Three Points of Contact" method during ascent, descent, and while working on a ladder.

A miner had just finished welding on the plant's crusher and decided to jump from the next to the last step of a fixed ladder to reach the ground. When the victim hit the ground, he fell backwards and was impaled by a pry bar that was left standing upright on the ground. The victim suffered severe injuries as a result of this accident.

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