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Welder dies after 30-foot fall from steel structure.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1996 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026352
Abstract
A 31-year-old welder working at a construction site died after falling 30 feet. The victim, along with two co-workers, was on an I-beam structure preparing to weld handrails when the incident occurred. The victim informed his two co-workers that he was going to talk with another person on the crew and left the area. He was wearing a hard hat, full-body safety harness with two shock-absorbing lanyards, and steel-toed shoes. He went down one level and crossed a roped-off area, stepping onto a steel-grate floor. The unsecured flooring moved, and the victim fell 30 feet to the dirt floor below. The Kentucky FACE investigation team concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that employees do not enter roped-off areas; 2. enforce guidelines established by the employer regarding safety rules; 3. ensure that employees evaluate the terrain and necessary equipment prior to beginning a procedure.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Welders; Welding; Welding-industry
Publication Date
19960309
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-105546
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-96KY093; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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