A maintenance worker was assigned the task of replacing burnt-out fluorescent lights. He noticed two burnt-out lights
located above a wooden shelving unit. The worker was unable to get access to a ladder because it was in a locked storage
cage. He climbed on top of the shelving unit and replaced one light, but he was unable to replace the second one.
In order to see why the light could not be installed in its socket, the worker climbed onto some cardboard boxes that were
already on top of the shelving unit. At this point, the worker slipped and fell eight feet, six inches onto a concrete floor,
receiving a possible skull fracture and head injury.
Safe work practices:
- Relocate light fixtures that are
difficult to reach so that workers
minimize their risk of injury while
servicing these fixtures.
- Develop a safe work procedure for
maintenance workers servicing light
fixtures. The procedure must include
training on how to use a scissor lift
- Develop an orientation checklist for
workers who transfer to a job in
another department. The checklist
should include instruction on safe
work procedures for the new job.
- Provide detailed job descriptions for
workers, supervisors, and managers.
These job descriptions must describe
the range of the duties that the
employees are expected to perform.