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Sheet metal worker dies after falling 35 feet to a concrete floor - South Carolina, November 12, 1990.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1991 Mar; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00206908
Abstract
The case of a 54 year old male sheet metal worker who died after falling 35 feet onto a concrete floor from a steel I-beam was examined. The employer was a general contractor who specialized in constructing industrial complexes and commercial and multifamily dwellings. The employer employed 254 workers, and had no written safety policy or safety program. The victim was walking along a 5 inch I-beam flange carrying a piece of angle iron. A coworker was walking behind him. Both were wearing safety belts with lanyards, but neither was tied off to a lifeline. No lifelines or catenary lines were present on the roof. The men tied off to the 4 inch steel purlins only when sitting and making connections. The coworker saw the victim suddenly loose his balance and fall to the concrete floor 35 feet below. Head trauma was the cause of death. It was recommended that fall protection regulations be followed on the job; that alternative methods of installing rake angle be evaluated; and that a safety program designed to help workers recognize, understand, and control hazards be developed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-07; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19910325
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193564
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-91-07
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-91-07, 5 pages, 1 reference
State
SC; WV
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