Iron worker dies from injuries received from 20-foot fall from working platform in Missouri.
NIOSH 1992 Dec; :1-4
A 28 year-old iron worker fell 20 feet to his death while working from a platform supported by a forklift. The victim was installing steel sheet metal siding on a manufacturing plant. At the time of the incident, the victim and a co-worker were placing a six foot wide sheet of insulation onto the steel structure. The co-worker was standing at the base of the building and the victim was standing on a work platform near the roof line. The victim was attempting to attach the top edge of the insulation to the structure when he apparently lost his balance and fell from the platform to the concrete floor on the inside of the building. The Missouri Department of Health Investigator concluded that in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide appropriate fall protection equipment to all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard. 2. Provide railings along all sides of the work platform. 3. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but not limited to, training in fall hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices. 4. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-programs; Scaffolds; Region-7
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health