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Welder dies after being struck by a three-ton steel roof truss - South Carolina, February 29, 1996.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1996 May; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00232287
Abstract
A 27 year old man working as a welder died after being pinned under a 3 ton, 65 foot long steel roof truss in South Carolina. The victim had worked for a steel erection company for one and a half weeks prior to the accident. The company was contracted to fabricate and erect steel roof trusses for the roof of an airplane hangar. Trusses had been cut in half for shipment to the site. At the work site, 12 trusses had been welded and placed on support beams for the roof of the hangar. One half of a truss was being lifted with a crane. When the crane cable contained enough slack, the victim loosened the chokers and slid them outwards toward the truss ends. The truss half tipped and fell toward him, pinning him against a pile of tubular steel. He was pronounced dead at the scene; his death was due to massive crushing chest injuries. It was recommended that materials being lifted or positioned by a crane or other lifting machine be supported at all times, that access and egress routes at a work site be free from unnecessary materials, and that ways to perform all tasks be evaluated during prejob planning to arrive at the safest work environment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-11; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Welders; Materials-handling; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19960528
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-111207
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-96-11
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 No. FACE-96-11, 5 pages, 2 references
State
SC; WV
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