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Sheet metal worker dies after falling 35 feet to a concrete floor - South Carolina, November 12, 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 91-07, 1991 Mar; :1-5
The case of a 54 year old male sheet metal worker who died after falling 35 feet onto a concrete floor from a steel I-beam was examined. The employer was a general contractor who specialized in constructing industrial complexes and commercial and multifamily dwellings. The employer employed 254 workers, and had no written safety policy or safety program. The victim was walking along a 5 inch I-beam flange carrying a piece of angle iron. A coworker was walking behind him. Both were wearing safety belts with lanyards, but neither was tied off to a lifeline. No lifelines or catenary lines were present on the roof. The men tied off to the 4 inch steel purlins only when sitting and making connections. The coworker saw the victim suddenly loose his balance and fall to the concrete floor 35 feet below. Head trauma was the cause of death. It was recommended that fall protection regulations be followed on the job; that alternative methods of installing rake angle be evaluated; and that a safety program designed to help workers recognize, understand, and control hazards be developed.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-07; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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