A plumber dies when he falls from the second floor of a building after stepping on unsupported plywood formwork.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 11CA001, 2012 Jan; :1-8
A plumber fell approximately 25 feet from the second floor of a new building under construction. The victim stepped from a concrete section of the second floor onto a piece of plywood from which the vertical shoring had just been removed. The plywood collapsed under his weight and he fell to the floor below. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future incidents, construction contractors of buildings under multi-floor construction should ensure that workers do not walk on plywood sheets while vertical shoring is removed. In addition, contractors installing and removing horizontal shoring should develop and implement a system that clearly identifies the vertical shoring parts that are to be removed and those that are to remain in place.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Plumbers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
FACE-11CA001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284; B06202012
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute