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Ironworker foreman dies after falling 50 feet from structural steel in South Carolina, January 27, 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 90-24, 1990 Jun; :1-5
A 41 year old male ironworker died after falling about 50 feet from an I-beam to the ground. The victim worked as the foreman of a structural steel erection crew which had just erected the structural steel skeleton for a large building at the site. They removed the safety nets used during that construction 2 days prior to this accident. Having been told there was a problem with one of the I- beams in the structure his team had completed, the foreman and a coworker set out to investigate. The foreman was lifted up to the I- beam in a manlift. All exposed steel was coated with ice from a very heavy frost the previous night. The victim ignored his coworker's warning about the ice and stepped from the cherry picker to the beam; he apparently slipped on the ice, and fell 50 feet to the ground. He died shortly after being taken to a local hospital. The cause of death was massive head injuries. It is recommended that employers continually stress the importance of following established safety rules and that employers ensure that workers are aware of and follow established chain of command reporting procedures whenever any problems or potential problems are detected.
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