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Document ID (ISN)100108
CIS number 02-1439
ISBN(s) 3-89701-696-6
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 922
Author(s) Schüler T., Röbenack K.D., Steinmetzger R.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Study of accidents involving falls from heights in the building industry and recommendations for their prevention
Original title Untersuchung von Absturzunfällen bei Hochbauarbeiten und Empfehlung von Maßnahmen zu deren Verhütung [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. 120p. Illus. 13 ref. Price: EUR 13.50.
Abstract Between 1991 and 1997, there were 778 fall accidents in the building industry in the new German States (Länder) of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, representing 10.6% of the building industry accidents. This report consists of a statistical analysis of the causes of these accidents. Tables present the breakdown by cause, workplace, type of construction work and height of the fall. Falls from scaffolds were the most frequent, followed by falls from ladders. Falls through apertures and falls following the collapse of the construction were the most serious. Almost 80% of the falls occurred from a height below 3m; these included 65% of the serious accidents and 30% of the fatal accidents. A number of preventive measures are recommended. Detailed summary in English and French.
Descriptors (primary) analysis of accident causes; falls from heights; building industry
Descriptors (secondary) report; Germany; statistical evaluation; scaffolds; safe working methods; ladders
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Accident research
Construction industry and civil engineering
Falls from heights