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Construction worker struck and killed by a pile falling from a crane.

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 03NJ010, 2004 Apr; :1-8
On February 4, 2003, a 35-year-old construction worker died when a 2,000-pound steel pile being raised by a crane fell and struck him. The incident occurred at the construction site of a new concrete bridge replacing an old timber bridge that spanned a reservoir in a residential community. The construction required driving piles (wood or steel columns) into the soft mud and earth near the lakeshore to provide a solid base for constructing the bridge. On the day of the incident, the crew was preparing to drive a test pile when a rainstorm interrupted work. It rained only a short time, and the crew returned to work. Following his usual procedure, the operator tested the crane before starting to raise the pile. The crane line lost tension as the pile was lifted, causing a series of events that severed the nylon choker slings holding the pile. The pile fell, striking the victim who was standing nearby to position a compressed air hose. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Employees should stand clear of the pile driver as the pile is raised into the leads.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NJ010; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division