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Ironworker dies following an 18-foot fall from structural steel framework - Alaska, October 20, 1991.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1992 Oct; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
00211755
Abstract
The case of a 41 year old male ironworker who died following a fall from a steel framework during the construction of an automobile repair shop in Alaska was described. Three ironworkers had been contracted by the shop owner to construct a prefabricated structural steel building. Just prior to the accident the victim was walking on top of an unsecured stack of purlins between two steel beams. The entire structure had an overall dimension of 50 feet by 86 feet and was 18 feet high above a concrete floor. The structure began to sway as the worker walked on top, causing him to lose his balance and fall 18 feet. The victim died eight days later. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head. It was recommended that workers comply with existing standards regarding the assembly of structural steel. These standards call for the installation of sway bracing rods between the beams and other construction methods which had not been followed. Personnel hoists and work platforms should also have been used. The use of personal protective equipment should have been overseen by the employer, and a jobsite hazard analysis should have been performed as part of an ongoing effort at each jobsite.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-10; FACE-92-11; Construction-industry; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19921003
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB93-160885
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-92-11
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-81
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-92-11, 10 pages, 6 references
State
AK; WV
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