MSHA Alert: Cable Tray Installation Safety

October 30, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 4.43.34 PMThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on an October 17, 2013, fatality at a cement operation. The incident involved a 52-year-old electrician with 5 years of experience who was killed when he fell 5 feet from a step ladder, striking his head on the concrete floor, after a cable tray detached from the wall and struck the ladder.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for cable tray installation:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when installing a cable tray on a supporting structure.

  • Ensure that the correct anchors are used and that the supporting structures are adequate when installing a cable tray.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and any hazards that may be present.

  • Properly position ladders used to reach elevated areas.

To view the full accident report, click here.

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