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Construction worker dies after 25 foot fall from I-beams.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 94NE012, 1994 Nov; :1-3
A 33 year-old male construction worker died after falling 25 feet from steel superstructure. The victim was constructing forms for pouring concrete flooring at the time of the accident. The victim was carrying bolts to attach to eyelets welded on the steel I beams he was walking on. He was "straddle walking" on the inner lips (approximately 3") of two I beams approximately 3 feet apart when he apparently slipped and fell to the concrete floor below. The victim was using no fall protection at the time of the accident. The Nebraska Department of Labor evaluator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide appropriate fall protection equipment to all workers who may be exposed to a fall hazard and enforce its use. 2. Consult with safety specialists when unsure how to provide effective intervention measures. 3. Thoroughly address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in all hazard recognition and the use of fall protection devices.
Region-7; 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; Training; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs; Construction; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NE012; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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