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Journeyman ironworker dies following a 22.5-foot fall from a walkway in Maryland, May 26, 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 91-18, 1991 Jul; :1-6
The case of a 62 year old male journeyman ironworker who fell 22.5 feet to his death from a walkway platform which was under construction was investigated. The employer was an industrial building construction company with about 5000 employees throughout the country. The employer had been contracted to build various structures as part of a renovation project for a steel producing facility. At the time of the incident the victim and a coworker were installing additional sections of the walkway platform which was to be used to assess machinery, piping and control panels. The section being worked on was approximately 6 feet wide by 10 feet long. Supports were being welded by the victim, while the coworker was welding brackets in a pit below the walkway platform. Both were wearing safety belts and lanyards, but neither worker was tied off. The coworker stated that something hit his welding hood and as he looked around he saw the victim falling. The victim fell 12 feet, striking his face first on a metal drive shaft in the pit. The victim's body then landed on the concrete floor of the pit about 22.5 feet below the walkway platform. He died 2 days later of head and neck injuries. It was recommended that employees comply with the regulations for fall protection; that hazard analyses be included as an ongoing part of each construction phase; and that employees periodically monitor job sites to evaluate field compliance with company safety rules and procedures.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-91-18; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Personal-protective-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
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