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Iron worker dies after falling 26 feet from a steel beam.

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 97NJ067, 1998 Feb; :1-7
On September 3, 1997, a 39-year-old iron worker was killed after he fell from a structural steel beam of a church under construction. The incident occurred as the victim and three co-workers were erecting the structural steel skeleton for the circular, three-story building. The victim and a second employee worked on the steel while another co-worker operated the crane. A fourth employee worked on the ground. At about 3:45 p.m., the victim was sitting on a horizontal steel beam where it joined with a vertical steel support column. As the crane lowered a 26-foot long steel beam towards him, the victim reached for the beam while holding onto the vertical support. At this point he apparently lost his balance, falling 26 feet from the beam to a cement pad below. NJDHSS FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should provide adequate fall protection to all employees exposed to fall hazards. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive employee safety program. 4. Contractors should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Steelworkers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ067; 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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