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Ironworker dies following a 35-foot fall at construction site, October 8, 1988.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 89-02, 1988 Dec; :1-3
On October 8, 1988 a 29 year old male ironworker died as a result of injuries occurring when he had fallen 35 feet at a construction site about 10 days earlier. The employer was a steel construction firm employing 40 individuals in steel erection operations. The company had written safety policies and procedures but it relied on the employees' labor union to provide safety training for the employees. The victim was a member of a six man crew erecting the structural steel framework for an addition to an existing building. At the time of the accident a vertical steel column had been installed and the crew was placing a horizontal beam to connect this column to an adjacent one. It became necessary to move the column slightly and this required loosening the connecting bolts. The victim scaled the column and, while holding onto the column with one hand, tried to loosen the connecting bolts with the other. He lost his grip and fell 34 feet 6 inches to the concrete floor below. He was using no fall protection equipment at the time of the accident. Recommendations include the use of fall protection when there is a potential for a serious or fatal fall from elevation, and the development and enforcement of safety policies and procedures by management.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-89-02; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-equipment; Accident-analysis; Personal-protective-equipment; Construction-Search
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