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Construction worker struck by falling steel roof beam.

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 05NE012, 2005 Aug; :1-7
A 41-year-old male construction laborer was killed when he was struck by a falling steel roof beam. The victim was helping two others use a forklift to move single-piece steel roof beams to a staging area, then attaching x-bracing to join two beams together for future placement onto a new gymnasium. The forklift operator was lowering the steel roof beam to the ground when the victim darted underneath the corner of the beam being lowered. The beam slipped off of the forklift tines and struck the victim in the head. The victim's co-workers and other site personnel called emergency personnel, who responded within a few minutes. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Use a crane to lift loads that cannot be safely lifted with a forklift. 2. When possible, secure the forklift's load to the mast and/or tines. 3. Do not make any modifications or additions to equipment unless authorized by the original equipment manufacturer. 4. Using appropriate OSHA standards, train and certify all employees that may need to operate powered industrial trucks. 5. Establish a Safety Committee and an Effective Written Injury Prevention Program.
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; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs; Construction; Roofing-industry; Equipment-design
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05NE012; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division