Field Work Presents Walking Work Surface Challenges
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Maintenance

A worker reported that, as part of assigned off-site tasks, he had climbed three 30 foot meteorological towers. Later that evening, the employee noticed swelling in his knee. The next day the worker reported he twisted this same knee while carrying a 12 foot folding ladder through high weeds in the work area. The worker continued working, eventually finishing the work while in pain, the worker reported the injury at the end of the workday. He eventually had to have knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. For areas that need to be accessed routinely, adequate walking and working surfaces should be provided.

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