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Deaths in construction related to personnel lifts, 1992-1999.

Authors
McCann-M
Source
J Saf Res 2003 Dec; 34(5):507-514
NIOSHTIC No.
20041022
Abstract
Problem: This study examined deaths of construction workers due to personnel lifts (boom-supported and scissor lifts, suspended scaffolds, and crane platforms). Methods: Deaths of construction workers for 1992-1999 were examined using data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, a Bureau of Labor Statistics database. Results: The study identified 339 deaths: 42% from boom-supported lifts; 26% from suspended scaffolds; 19% from scissor lifts; 5% from crane platforms; and 7% from unapproved lifts (e.g., forklift platforms). The main causes of death were falls (36%), collapses/tipovers (29%), and electrocutions (21%). Discussion: Recommendations include: following OSHA regulations, wearing personal fall protection equipment, adequate maintenance, inspection before use, and training on the model of lift used. Precautions are also needed to prevent contact with overhead power lines. Impact on industry: The increasing popularity of boomsupported lifts and scissor lifts, both in construction and other industries, make their safety an important issue.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Hoisting-equipment; Scaffolds; Materials-handling-equipment; Information-retrieval-systems; Surveillance-programs; Hydraulic-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Fall-protection; Electrical-equipment; Electrocutions; Author Keywords: Surveillance; Aerial lifts; Suspended scaffolds; Construction; Crane platforms
Contact
Michael McCann, The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20031201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
michael.mccann@att.net
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-310982
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0022-4375
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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