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Millwright foreman dies in South Carolina following a 41-foot fall through a platform opening, April 22, 1991.
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 91-15, 1991 Jul; :1-6
The case of a 36 year old millwright who fell 41 feet to his death through an unguarded platform opening was examined. The company involved provided various services including steel erection and equipment/machinery installation. The company had 50 workers, and a written safety policy, designated safety director and a written safety program including a hazard communication program. A crew of four workers consisting of a millwright foreman and three millwrights were continuing work to complete the installation of air conditioning units in openings in an open sided steel structure. Four had been safely installed already. At the time of the accident the crew was working on all four sides of the air conditioner, positioning shims under the unit to level it. The foreman was kneeling on the steel grating between the air conditioner and an adjacent opening. He tried to stand, apparently tripped or stumbled, and fell backwards onto the steel grating of the platform walkway. Momentum caused him to roll into the opening, allowing him to fall 20 feet to a steel crossbeam and then an additional 21 feet to the ground. He died 4 hours later of severe closed head injuries. It was recommended that all hazards be identified and appropriate safety interventions taken and that fall protection measures be provided along unguarded roof perimeters.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-91-15; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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