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A 17-year-old student severely injures leg on a construction site while working at a steel erection company as part of a cooperative work experience - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 04MA2NF, 2007 Mar; :1-5
In 2003, a 17-year-old student's right leg was severely injured while working on a construction site as part of a Cooperative Work Experience project. The injured student had been waiting for the work site foreman who was engaged in another activity, when the incident occurred. The injured student was standing next to a 37-foot long steel I-beam that had been placed on wood blocking. The I-beam overturned off of the wood blocking and landed on the student's right leg, crushing it. Co-workers immediately utilized the crane to lift the steel I-beam off of the victim. A call was placed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who responded to the incident site within minutes. EMS transported the victim via ambulance to a local hospital where the student underwent surgery for the injuries. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, companies that employ Cooperative Work Experience students should: 1. Ensure that these students are not performing tasks prohibited by the Child Labor Laws (CLLs) and that their work sites are in compliance with OSHA regulations In addition, schools that have Cooperative Work Experience programs should: 2. Educate companies to which students are assigned, students, and parents about the Child Labor Laws (CLLs), especially the Hazardous Orders (HOs) 3. Research companies to which students have been assigned to learn if these companies have been cited for violating OSHA regulations in the past 4. Routinely visit companies and work sites to which students have been assigned 5. Routinely meet with students to discuss tasks they have been performing while enrolled in the program.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Children; Age-factors; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04MA2NF; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division