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Fatal injuries in the United States construction industry involving cranes 1984-1994.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10609224     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
There is little published information concerning the epidemiology of injuries in the construction industry involving cranes other than for electrical injury from power line contact. For the 11-year period of 1984 through 1994, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated 502 deaths in 479 incidents involving cranes in the construction industry. Electrocution was the largest category, with 198 deaths (39%) reported. Other major categories were assembly/dismantling (58 deaths, 12%), boom buckling (41 deaths, 8%), crane upset/overturn (37 deaths, 7%), and rigging failure (36 deaths, 7%). The majority of the deaths during assembly/dismantling involved removal of the boom pins from lattice boom cranes. Only 34% of the construction firms employing the fatally injured workers had ever been inspected by OSHA. OSHA cited the employer for safety violations in 436 deaths (83%). Additional worker training, increased OSHA inspections, and crane inspection programs could prevent many crane-related deaths.
A Suruda; D Liu; M Egger; D Lillquist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1076-2752     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-11     Completed Date:  2000-01-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1052-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City 84112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
Cause of Death*
Electric Injuries
Facility Design and Construction
Mortality / trends*
Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
United States / epidemiology

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