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Overloaded Joists Fail, Fatal Fall Results

Two employees had unloaded two bundles of metal decking, two bundles of bridging and two bundles of roof frames onto six open web steel joists 25 above ground level. The joists were at 5½-foot centers, and welded on the end to the I-beam. The employees had just unhooked the second bundle of frames when one joist rolled, causing the employees to fall. All six joists broke from their welds and collapsed, landing on one of the employees. He died of his injuries. His co-worker was hospitalized but survived.

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