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Journeyman iron worker dies after falling from a freeway bent cap in California.

Public Health Institute
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 95CA016, 1996 May; :1-5
A 33-year old white, male journeyman iron worker died after falling 60 feet from a bent cap (freeway support) onto the engine cover of a manlift and then onto the ground. The victim was walking along the top of the bent cap carrying a bucket of used bolts back to the manlift basket when he apparently stumbled and fell. The victim was wearing a safety belt which had "D" rings located at each hip. Both ends of his lanyard were clipped into one of the "D" rings when his body was found. There was no catenary line or other fall protection on the bent cap. The policy was for the workers to clip the one end of their lanyard into a "D" ring and the other end onto one of the existing structural steel members, but only when working, not when moving along the top of the bent cap. The victim's co-workers heard the clatter of bolts dropping and discovered that he had fallen. The victim had no specific fall protection training and no initial hazard assessment of the job site was performed. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure employees have and use proper personal fall arrest equipment when working at heights requiring fall protection. 2. Provide appropriate fall protection such as catenary lines, railings or scaffolding for employees working at heights. 3. Perform an initial hazard assessment of the job prior to beginning work. 4. Train employees, including periodic refresher training, to be aware of and understand the hazards of the job.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Training; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95CA016; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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