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Carpenter falls 62 feet to his death while attempting to enter a personnel basket at a bridge construction site in Maryland, January 26, 1990.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1990 Jul; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00206133
Abstract
A 30 year old male carpenter employed by a heavy construction company died when he fell 62 feet while trying to enter a personnel basket. The company had been contracted to build a bridge over a waterway. The victim was working inside the form for a concrete pier, installing spacer blocks between the reinforcing steel and the form. He had run out of spacers and needed to return to the ground to obtain more. A crane operator swung a stripping basket, also used to transport personnel, to the form. As it was slowing to a stop, the basket struck the form, causing the basket to move away from the form. The victim, standing on the 8 inch flange on top of the form, lost his balance while reaching for the basket and fell 62 feet to the concrete footing below. The cause of death was head injuries. It was recommended that employers ensure that established safety procedures are followed at all times; that employers conduct scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections regularly; and that employers conduct a thorough evaluation of accessing piers to determine the safest method.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-23; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19900725
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-184100
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-90-23
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 Number FACE-90-23, 6 pages, 1 reference
State
MD; WV
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