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Structural ironworker foreman falls off beams of warehouse roof to the floor below and dies 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 98CA010, 1998 Dec; :1-3
A 42-year old structural ironworker foreman (decedent) died when he fell off steel beams in an incomplete warehouse roof approximately 38 feet to the floor below. The employer was installing the final structural steel beam (bar joist) in the roof of a new cold storage warehouse under construction. After a crane had lifted a beam into place, the decedent was using a hammer in an attempt to straighten it. He had one foot on a joist girder and the other on the roof deck. As he was preparing to strike another blow, his foot slipped off the joist girder. His hands caught the bar joist, but slipped off and he fell. The decedent had removed some safety lines to gain access to the area and was not wearing fall protection. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should ensure as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), that: 1. all workers working at heights are wearing fall protection equipment. 2. openings are properly protected, covered or use alternate means of access.
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; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA010; 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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