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Decking Placed on Unsecured Joists Leads to Worker Injury

A bundle of 25 steel deck sheets was sitting on three open web joists, approximately 40 feet in length and about 25 feet above ground level. A worker was standing on the deck sheets as a second bundle was being landed on the other end of the same joists. The three joists rolled and collapsed, along with two additional joists. The worker began falling and attempted to jump away from the deck bundle, but his legs became entangled within the joist webbing. He landed on soft mud and sustained two broken legs. According to the project superintendent, none of the joists was secured or bridged at the time of load placement.

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