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A fitter working for a steel building manufacturer in Texas, died when a 7,800 pound rafter fell on him.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX254, 1999 Feb; :1-3
On May 21, 1998, a 32-year-old fitter for a steel building manufacturer died when a 7,800 lb. rafter fell onto him. The victim was using a floor-operated overhead crane with a grabber device attached to a hook to move the steel rafter to a fitter station. He placed the rafter, which was 49 feet in length, in a vertical position on two 2 by 6 steel metal beams as two spotters looked on. The victim released the grabber and tossed it over the rafter. As the grabber was being raised, it caught the top plate of the rafter and tipped it towards him. The victim attempted to get out of the way but the rafter pinned him against a metal stand. The victim was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Fabricate a stand for the rafter that could move from work station to work station. 2. Perform job safety analysis (JSA) for supervisors to use as guidelines for completing a task and for training workers.
Region-6; 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; Training; Fabricated-plate-work; Steelworkers; Iron-workers; Construction-workers; Construction-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX254; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division