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Factory worker dies after fall from collapsing scaffold.

New Jersey 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 93NJ024, 1993 Dec; :1-5
On Sunday, March 14, 1993, a 35 year-old foundry worker was killed when he fell 35 feet from a collapsing scaffold. The worker was involved in the process of relining the interior of an iron-melting furnace (cupola), a process referred to as rebricking. The scaffold was improperly connected to temporary anchors (tack-welded washers) which were not intended for the purpose of suspending the scaffold. At least one of these anchor points failed under the weight of the scaffold and its load, causing the scaffold to collapse and the worker to fall to his death. Two co-workers, also working on the scaffold, were uninjured because they were able to grab on to an independently suspended lifting cage to prevent themselves from falling. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, the following safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Develop and implement a standard operating procedure for erecting the scaffold and performing the cupola rebricking process. 2. Provide personal fall protection equipment and require its use by all workers on the scaffold. 3. Conduct training on the scaffold erection and rebricking process; and require a demonstration of competence. 4. Inspect the scaffold, scaffold components, and personal fall protection equipment before each use. 5. Instruct welders to remove the tack-welded washers from the cupola wall when no longer needed.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Scaffolds; Welders; Welding; Welding-equipment; Welding-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ024; 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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