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Journeyman ironworker dies following a twenty-two feet six inch fall from a steel structure in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Health
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 92MO023, 1992 Dec; :1-4
A 51-year-old journeyman ironworker died after falling twenty-two feet-six inches from an eight inch-wide steel girder at a discount store construction site. Before the incident, the victim was welding steel bar joists to steel girders. The fall was unwitnessed, however, it is believed that the victim was moving to weld the next bar joist and pulled on the welding cable, causing the welding cable connector to separate and the victim to lose his balance. He fell head first to chat covered ground. Although fall protection equipment was available it was not utilized at the time of the incident. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. provide and enforce the use of personal protective equipment. 2. develop and implement safe methods for handling welding cables while working at heights. 3. consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects. 4. consider the use of other approaches, such as elevated work platforms, to safeguard workers from falls.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Welders; Welding; Welding-equipment; Welding-industry; Region-7
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MO023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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