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Massachusetts iron worker dies in fall from structural steel framework.

Massachusetts 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 95MA014, 1996 Jul; :1-4
On May 30, 1995, a 31 year old male iron worker fell approximately twenty-four and one-half feet from the structural steel framework of a 113,000 square foot shopping complex construction site. At the time of the incident, the victim and a co-worker were standing on an outer perimeter steel beam in an attempt to land several bundles of steel bar joists suspended overhead by crane. During this task, the middle bundle of eight bar joists broke free and fell upon the victim knocking him from the framework to the ground below, showering him with the bar joists weighing approximately 450 pounds each. Suffering catastrophic injuries, the victim was soon transported to the regional medical center where he was officially pronounced dead approximately one hour following the incident. To prevent future similar occurrences, the FACE Program concluded that employers should: 1. Ensure that rigging slings are the sufficient size, strength and material to prevent failure. 2. Avoid the practice of lifting multiple loads known as "Christmas treeing." 3. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in recognition and control of hazards in steel erection.
Region-1; 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; Safety-programs; Steelworkers; Industrial-hazards; Industrial-safety; Industrial-safety-programs; Iron-workers; 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-95MA014; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division