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Journeyman ironworker dies following a twenty-two feet six inch fall from a steel structure in Missouri.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1992 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026215
Abstract
A 51-year-old journeyman ironworker died after falling twenty-two feet-six inches from an eight inch-wide steel girder at a discount store construction site. Before the incident, the victim was welding steel bar joists to steel girders. The fall was unwitnessed, however, it is believed that the victim was moving to weld the next bar joist and pulled on the welding cable, causing the welding cable connector to separate and the victim to lose his balance. He fell head first to chat covered ground. Although fall protection equipment was available it was not utilized at the time of the incident. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. provide and enforce the use of personal protective equipment. 2. develop and implement safe methods for handling welding cables while working at heights. 3. consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects. 4. consider the use of other approaches, such as elevated work platforms, to safeguard workers from falls.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Welders; Welding; Welding-equipment; Welding-industry; Region-7
Publication Date
19921227
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1993
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-109888
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-92MO023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
SIC Code
NAICS-42
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO
Performing Organization
Missouri Department of Health
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