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Ironworker dies in Ohio following a 20-foot fall through a skylight opening, January 28, 1991.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1991 May; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00206917
Abstract
The case of a 38 year old ironworker who died after falling 20 feet through a skylight opening was investigated. The employer was a metal fabrication and erection contractor who employed 55 workers, and who had a safety policy, designated safety officer, and a comprehensive safety program which contained specific safe job procedures. The contractor had been hired to supply and erect an enclosure around a bottling operation located inside an existing building. At the time of the accident the steel skeleton and roof of the enclosure had been constructed. The victim and a foreman agreed to work overtime to finish welding support hangers for the HVAC system. While no one observed his fall, it is assumed that the victim was in the process of covering the ductwork with a fire blanket and either tripped on the angle iron and fell into, or stepped backwards into, an 18 by 24 inch skylight opening, falling approximately 20 feet and landing on the concrete floor, striking the back of his head. He died of an extensive skull fracture 2 hours after the accident. It was recommended that skylight openings be guarded by a fixed standard railing on all exposed sides, or a cover capable of supporting the maximum intended load, and that safety programs be developed to include training and educating employees in the proper methods of covering or guarding skylight openings to prevent falls.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-5; FACE-91-11; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19910507
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-193812
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-91-11
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-91-11, 7 pages, 1 reference
State
OH; WV
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