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Steel erector falls 55 feet from I-beam.

Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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 95MD050, 1996 Feb; :1-5
A 26 year old male steel erector died from multiple injuries after falling 55 feet from a steel beam to a concrete floor. The victim, while standing on a 30 ton over head traveling crane, was doing touch-up painting to a beam near the ceiling. The victim leaned across a center beam to speak to a co-worker and allowed his hand to come into contact with one phase of a 480 volt bus bar. A co-worker heard something drop and observed the victim falling from the beam. The co-worker went to the guard shack to summon help. After summoning emergency equipment, the security guard responded to the area of the first floor where he observed the victim lying face down. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by the attending doctor. The MARYLAND FACE investigator during the course of the investigation concludes that, to prevent similar occurrences: 1. employers should ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment is available and correctly used when working from elevations where there is a danger of falling. 2. employers should provide training and implement comprehensive safe work procedures that specifically address jobsite hazards. 3. employers should routinely conduct scheduled and unscheduled worksite safety inspections.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-safety; Electricity; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-clothing; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Region-3; Electrocutions; Painters
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MD050; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-309872
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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