Electric Pole Worker Hospitalized After Fall
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has confirmed that it is investigating the scene of an industrial accident involving a worker’s fall.
Details about the Fall Involving the Worker
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the OSHA has confirmed that it is currently investigating the scene of an accident that sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries on Wednesday afternoon near Abernathy.
The Deputy regional director of the U.S. Department of Labor, Juan Rodriguez, has said in a statement on Thursday that a worker was seriously injured after he fell while he was working on the job.
Emergency medical service crews form Abernathy and Lubbock responded to the accident when it happened around noon on Wednesday.
Apparently, the mad had fallen from a structure along FM 54 in Hale County, just east of Abernathy.
Spokesman Sergeant Bryan Witt for the Texas Department of Public Safety said it was reported that a man who worked for an electric company fell some 60 to 70 feet. He was then airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock.
As of now, the identity of the victim has not been released by the authorities, but trucks that were marked with the North Houston Pole Line logo were gathered around large cranes in the cotton field where the incident happened.
Spokesman Rodriguez further states that OSHA is investigating the cause of the accident to determine whether or not to issue any citations.
The OSHA Falls Prevention Campaign
As part of the Occupation Safety and Health Administration’s Falls Prevention Campaign, they recommend:
- Planning ahead to get the job done safely – include safety equipment when estimating the cost of a project.
- Providing the proper equipment – employers must provide fall protection, including scaffolds, ladders, and safety gear.
- Training employees to use safety gear correctly – many falls can be prevented if employees were trained to use their safety gear and other work equipment correctly.