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Carpenter falls 62 feet to his death while attempting to enter a personnel basket at a bridge construction site in Maryland, January 26, 1990.
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 90-23, 1990 Jul; :1-6
A 30 year old male carpenter employed by a heavy construction company died when he fell 62 feet while trying to enter a personnel basket. The company had been contracted to build a bridge over a waterway. The victim was working inside the form for a concrete pier, installing spacer blocks between the reinforcing steel and the form. He had run out of spacers and needed to return to the ground to obtain more. A crane operator swung a stripping basket, also used to transport personnel, to the form. As it was slowing to a stop, the basket struck the form, causing the basket to move away from the form. The victim, standing on the 8 inch flange on top of the form, lost his balance while reaching for the basket and fell 62 feet to the concrete footing below. The cause of death was head injuries. It was recommended that employers ensure that established safety procedures are followed at all times; that employers conduct scheduled and unscheduled safety inspections regularly; and that employers conduct a thorough evaluation of accessing piers to determine the safest method.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-90-23; Accident-analysis; Construction-industry; Head-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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