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Tower erector dies after falling 200 feet from telecommunication tower - North Carolina.
Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Castillo-DN
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 98-20, 1999 Jan; :1-7
A 23-year-old male tower erector (the victim) died after falling 200 feet from a telecommunication tower while attached to an 80-foot section of cable tray. The victim was a member of a 9-man crew that was erecting a 240-foot-high, 3-sided telecommunication tower. The crew bolted a 140-foot section of the tower together on the ground. This section was then set in place by a crane. The men then erected the final 100-foot section on the ground, and 3 tower erectors climbed the 140-foot section. The final section was set in place by the crane and the men bolted the two sections together. The crane then lifted an 80-foot section of cable tray to the top of each side of the tower. As each section was lifted into place, an erector began to attach it to the tower using four 'J' bolts every 10 feet. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: train and instruct workers to evaluate anchor points before attaching fall arresting equipment; maintain 100% fall protection while on towers; develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program; continually stress the importance of adhering to standard work procedures.
Traumatic-injuries; Construction-workers; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Accident-prevention; Region-4; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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