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Construction worker dies in 36-foot fall at construction site, January 18, 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 89-20, 1989 Apr; :1-4
A 37 year old male construction worker died after falling 36 feet when the wind blew him from the roof of a structure. The victim was employed by a steel erection firm which had been in operation for 22 years. The company had approximately 20 employees and written safety rules and procedures, but no designated safety officer. At the time of the incident the victim was working as part of a crew on the construction of a 440 foot long by 96 foot wide tunnel at a new steel mill. The victim and a coworker were told to go to the roof of the tunnel and place a temporary cover over the 2 foot wide opening at the ridge using sections of decking weighing about 120 pounds. Neither man used fall protection equipment. The victim was 12 to 14 feet from the edge of the roof as they began to lift and move the decking section. The wind gusted, catching the section and lifting it upwards. The coworker immediately released his hold. The victim still held on as he was carried over the edge of the roof. It was recommended that fall protection equipment be provided and used by all employees whenever there was a potential for serious or fatal falls, that management must see to it that workers understand the hazards they face, and that hazards posed by weather should be addressed in all construction operations.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-89-20; Region-5; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Personal-protective-equipment; Construction-Search
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