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Construction foreman dies after falling 32 feet through a floor opening.

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 93NJ085, 1994 Apr; :1-4
On September 16, 1993 a 56 year-old male construction foreman was critically injured after falling 32 feet through a floor opening at the construction site of a sewage pumping station. The incident occurred while the victim and his crew were constructing wooden forms for a concrete pour. While walking across a concrete slab that covered the pumping station, the victim stepped onto several sheets of plywood used to cover a floor opening in the slab. The plywood shifted, causing the victim to fall through the opening into the cement vault below. He died of complications related to his injuries six days after the incident. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should ensure that all floor openings are protected with a standard railing or floor opening cover secured against displacement. 2. General contractors and subcontractors should conduct a job hazard analysis of the work area with their employees. 3. General contractors should utilize contract language requiring subcontractors to implement a safety and health program prior to starting work.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93NJ085; 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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