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    US FATAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORTS

    Report of investigation into collapse of concrete precast floor slab

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the USA publishes reports on fatal accident investigations undertaken by US regulators. The latest incident report released concerns an incident in 2007 when a construction workman died after falling from a collapsed precast concrete floor slab.

    The report states that steel columns were erected out of plumb leading to increased spacing between the columns and reduced beam support for the slabs. The integrity of the initially failed slab was further compromised by its notched shape and cantilevered section.

    Comment: These reports have a distinctive US flavour but do provide more detail and insight than is made publicly available on fatal injury investigations by UK regulators.

    This particular report will be of interest to all those involved with the design and installation of precast concrete floors. We are aware of fatalities and incidents of a very similar nature in the UK.

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