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Ironworker dies in fall from a warehouse under construction, April 29, 1989.
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 89-34, 1989 Aug; :1-5
A 40 year old male ironworker died as a result of injuries that occurred when he fell nearly 40 feet from a steel beam of a warehouse under construction. He had been employed for 13 years as an ironworker by a steel erection company. The company, in business for 15 years, has no written safety or health program. At the time of the accident hard hats were the only personal protective equipment being used by the company's employees. On the day of the accident the victim was working as a member of a six person crew. His task was to connect bar joists to the horizontal 5.5 inch wide flange I beams. He was positioned on the top of a beam about 38 feet above the ground. He stood upon the beam and began moving to the location of the next connection when he slipped and fell from the beam. It was recommended that the employer should ensure that fall protection equipment be provided and used by all employees, that worker safety should be considered and addressed in the planning phase of construction projects, that the employer design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program, and that prime contractors and subcontracts should abide by 29 CFR 1926.16 concerning rules of construction.
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