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Ironworker dies following a 35-foot fall at construction site, October 8, 1988.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1988 Dec; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
00198499
Abstract
On October 8, 1988 a 29 year old male ironworker died as a result of injuries occurring when he had fallen 35 feet at a construction site about 10 days earlier. The employer was a steel construction firm employing 40 individuals in steel erection operations. The company had written safety policies and procedures but it relied on the employees' labor union to provide safety training for the employees. The victim was a member of a six man crew erecting the structural steel framework for an addition to an existing building. At the time of the accident a vertical steel column had been installed and the crew was placing a horizontal beam to connect this column to an adjacent one. It became necessary to move the column slightly and this required loosening the connecting bolts. The victim scaled the column and, while holding onto the column with one hand, tried to loosen the connecting bolts with the other. He lost his grip and fell 34 feet 6 inches to the concrete floor below. He was using no fall protection equipment at the time of the accident. Recommendations include the use of fall protection when there is a potential for a serious or fatal fall from elevation, and the development and enforcement of safety policies and procedures by management.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-89-02; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-equipment; Accident-analysis; Personal-protective-equipment; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19881213
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-197608
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-89-02
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-89-2, 3 pages
State
MD; WV
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