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Epidemiologic notes and reports injuries among construction workers during the raising of wood- framed walls - Colorado and California.

Authors
Gerhart-K; Heinzman-M; Johnson-R; Cook-M; Hoffman-RE; Reinisch-F; Osorio-AM; Rutherford-GW
Source
MMWR 1994 Dec; 43(48):883-885
NIOSHTIC No.
00229454
Abstract
Cases of spinal cord injuries sustained by construction workers during the raising of preconstructed wood framed walls for single family houses were described and the implications of such injuries were examined. A spinal cord injury sustained by a construction worker during the raising of a preconstructed wall was investigated following a report to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk. The worker was injured when the wall, which was too heavy for the three workers trying to install it, fell on him resulting in a dislocation of the seventh thoracic vertebra and spinal cord injury. The investigation of this incident revealed that this building technique was common and another similar accident resulting in a disabling spinal cord injury was identified in California. Regulations promulgated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board with regard to the raising of wood framed walls at construction sites designed to decrease the incidence of injuries were described.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Spinal-cord-disorders; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Back-injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-analysis; Occupational-accidents
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
19941209
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
48
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSR; DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
CA; CO; OH; WV
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