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Document ID (ISN)102027
CIS number 03-1400
ISBN(s) 3-89701-893-4
Year 2002
Convention or series no. Fb 964
Author(s) Schüler T., Röbenack K.D., Steinmetzger R.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Investigation into fall accidents during building modification, refurbishment and sanitary improvement, and recommendations with respect to preventative measures
Original title Untersuchung von Absturzunfällen bei Ausbau-, Modernisierungs- und Sanierungsarbeiten sowie Empfehlung von Maßnahmen zu deren Verhütung [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2002. 150p. Illus. 73 ref. Price: EUR 14.50.
Abstract This study analyses accidents due to falls in the building industry in Germany between 1991 and 1999 and examines more particularly 309 falls during building alteration, and 140 falls during processes of refurbishment and sanitary improvement, which correspond respectively to 7.8% and 8.7% of the accidents in these areas. An analysis of accidents by type of incident, type of injury, height of fall and place of incident is provided. More than 97% of the falls during alteration processes, and 86% of falls in refurbishment and sanitary improvement processes, occurred from a height of no more than 5m. Special attention should be given to the fact that about 50% of the serious accidents occurred from heights between 1 and 2m. Falls from ladders occurred most frequently, followed by falls from scaffoldings. Both types of fall account for more than 75% of all falling accidents during alteration processes and almost 50% during refurbishment and sanitary improvement. The most serious accidents were falls from ladders and scaffoldings during the building alteration process and falls from building structures that may or may not be walked on and from scaffolding during refurbishment and sanitary improvement. Preventive measures based on this information are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; falls from heights; causes of accidents; building industry
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; Germany; ladders; severity rates; statistical evaluation; frequency rates; scaffolds
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Falls from heights