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Ironworker dies following an 18-foot fall from structural steel framework - Alaska, October 20, 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 92-11, 1992 Oct; :1-10
The case of a 41 year old male ironworker who died following a fall from a steel framework during the construction of an automobile repair shop in Alaska was described. Three ironworkers had been contracted by the shop owner to construct a prefabricated structural steel building. Just prior to the accident the victim was walking on top of an unsecured stack of purlins between two steel beams. The entire structure had an overall dimension of 50 feet by 86 feet and was 18 feet high above a concrete floor. The structure began to sway as the worker walked on top, causing him to lose his balance and fall 18 feet. The victim died eight days later. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head. It was recommended that workers comply with existing standards regarding the assembly of structural steel. These standards call for the installation of sway bracing rods between the beams and other construction methods which had not been followed. Personnel hoists and work platforms should also have been used. The use of personal protective equipment should have been overseen by the employer, and a jobsite hazard analysis should have been performed as part of an ongoing effort at each jobsite.
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