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Pipe fitter falls 42 feet to his death in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90NJ005, 1990 Nov; :1-4
On May 1, 1990, a 41-year-old male pipe fitter was killed as a result of a 42 foot fall through a floor opening. The victim was a pipe fitter who had been hired through a union hall by a large construction company; just 2-1/2 days prior to the fatality. The company had been doing heavy construction in a building at the site of a power generating station. The worker was using no fall protection and fell 42 feet to a net. The net was not provided as fall protection but was a "garbage" net used to catch any dropped tools or equipment and protect anyone walking on the 1st floor. FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers and employees should: 1. provide and use fall protection whenever the potential for a serious fall exists; 2. provide training to all employees that emphasizes safety rules and procedures including the use of fall protection; 3. prominently post warning signs whenever a guard rail is removed from a floor opening; 4. practice good housekeeping.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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