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Ironworker foreman dies after falling 50 feet from structural steel in South Carolina, January 27, 1990.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1990 Jun; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00206134
Abstract
A 41 year old male ironworker died after falling about 50 feet from an I-beam to the ground. The victim worked as the foreman of a structural steel erection crew which had just erected the structural steel skeleton for a large building at the site. They removed the safety nets used during that construction 2 days prior to this accident. Having been told there was a problem with one of the I- beams in the structure his team had completed, the foreman and a coworker set out to investigate. The foreman was lifted up to the I- beam in a manlift. All exposed steel was coated with ice from a very heavy frost the previous night. The victim ignored his coworker's warning about the ice and stepped from the cherry picker to the beam; he apparently slipped on the ice, and fell 50 feet to the ground. He died shortly after being taken to a local hospital. The cause of death was massive head injuries. It is recommended that employers continually stress the importance of following established safety rules and that employers ensure that workers are aware of and follow established chain of command reporting procedures whenever any problems or potential problems are detected.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-90-24; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Head-injuries; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19900618
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-183961
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-90-24
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-32
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-90-24, 5 pages, 1 reference
State
SC; WV
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