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Iron worker apprentice dies in fall of fifty feet on Massachusetts construction site.

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 95MA016, 1996 Sep; :1-4
On June 5, 1995, a 47 year old male iron worker apprentice died of injuries sustained in a fifty foot fall on a Massachusetts construction site. The victim was assisting a co-worker to lay out and fasten metal decking to structural steel for a motor vehicle ramp when the incident occurred. The victim stepped on an unsecured piece of decking, and fell through the opening. A crane operator working beneath the motor vehicle ramp immediately yelled for help and aided the victim until police and emergency medical services arrived. The victim was transported to a nearby city hospital emergency room where he was officially pronounced dead less than twenty minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Provide anchor points for fall protection equipment and ensure their use by employees. 2. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive site-specific fall protection plan.
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; Steelworkers; Industrial-hazards; Iron-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; 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-95MA016; 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