On March 12, 2013 a maintenance tech was conducting electrical work on a mezzanine above a production area. The employee stepped backwards off the mezzanine onto a tile ceiling. He fell through the ceiling onto a uniform locker and then to the floor. He fell for a total of 14’ from the top of the mezzanine to the floor below. He was hospitalized with contusions and abrasions.
Proper barricading and flagging along with fall protection could have prevented him from stepping off the mezzanine.
What Can We Learn?
A Questioning Attitude would have helped him identify and mitigate all potential hazards before starting the work.
There were Procedures in place for use of fall protection when working at heights.
His Physical Environment created a fall hazard which was not properly mitigated.
Overconfidence caused him to step backwards without looking where he was stepping. It may also have led him to decide to work without fall protection.
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