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Dock builder dies after falling 35 feet from a steel sheet pile.

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 92NJ001, 1992 Apr; :1-4
On January 6, 1992, a 31 year-old male dock builder died after falling 35 feet from a section of sheet piling used to construct a wall alongside a highway. The incident occurred while the victim was sitting on top of the steel sheet pile which was vertically mounted on a steel structure. As he was trying to position a second sheet that was being lowered by a crane, the first sheet began to tip over, resulting in the victim jumping from the sheet and falling to the ground. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. When practical, employers should provide and require a manlift for raising and supporting workers when joining sheet piles; 2. Employers should insure that sheet piles are firmly stabilized before workers are permitted to work on them; 3. Employers must thoroughly plan all work and perform a job hazard analysis of the site; 4. Employers should insure that all OSHA regulations and established company safety rules are followed.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92NJ001; 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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