NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

A 16-year-old died after falling 27 feet at a residential construction site - Alabama.

Smith GJ
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 2000-16, 2001 Feb; :1-10
A 16-year-old male framing construction crew member (the victim) died after falling 27 feet from the third story of a residential dormitory construction site. The victim was moving roof trusses that were to be anchored in place using a nail gun. He was supporting himself on an 8-inch wide structural wooden beam. The victim was not wearing or using personal fall protection equipment. When the victim fell to the ground floor inside the building, at least one of the 8-foot by 4-foot trusses fell with him or just behind him, striking his head when he impacted the ground. Co-workers notified the supervisor who immediately called 911. Co-workers and other witnesses went to the victim to assist him. Emergency responders arrived within a few minutes, and on observing the severity of the head injury, transported the victim to a local city hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1) ensure that all employees are provided fall protection when exposed to fall hazards; 2) develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program; 2) provide comprehensive safety training to employees to include, but not be limited to, safe work practices, hazard awareness, identification, and avoidance; 3) ensure that workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend instructions in safe work procedures for the tasks to which they are assigned; 4) ensure compliance with child labor laws which prohibit youth less than 18 years of age from conducting work recognized to be especially hazardous. Additionally; 5) general contractors should ensure through contract language that all subcontractors on site have appropriate safety programs.
Region-4; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-equipment; Construction-Search
Publication Date
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Fiscal Year
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
NIOSH Division
SIC Code
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: February 3, 2023
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division