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43-year-old construction foreman dies after struck by steel pile.

New Jersey 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 06NJ078, 2008 Mar; :1-10
On August 29, 2006, a 43-year-old male construction foreman was killed when he was struck by a falling steel I-beam pile. The victim worked for a construction company in northern New Jersey. On the day of the incident, the victim and four other workers were in the process of pile-driving steel I-beam piles into several pits (each containing either three or eight piles) at the construction site of a large parking garage. The victim's job was to stand in the pit and guide the beam that was being hoisted by the pile driver (which functions as a crane and a hammer) to the appropriate position to be hammered. While the victim was guiding the pile, before it was properly located, the hammer dropped from its upper position. Since the pile was not in the proper location, the hammer struck the pile on its side, instead of the top. The fatal injury occurred when the beam then fell to the side, striking the victim. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Employers should ensure that pile driver operators are properly trained on the safe operation of pile driving equipment. 2. Employers should ensure that pile driver operators are periodically reevaluated on the safe operation of pile driving equipment. 3. A safety and health plan based on a job hazard analysis should be developed and followed. 4. Employers should incorporate specific excavation procedures into the safety and health plan.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Equipment-operators; Construction-industry; Training; Equipment-reliability; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-practices; Work-performance
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-06NJ078; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008485; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345
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Healthcare and Social Assistance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division