Maintenance worker was injured while welding when he was struck by a steel work rest originally lying between steel rollers on a steel mill. The maintenance worker was an independent contractor working for a specialty contractor associated with the maintenance and repairs of steel mill facilities and other manufacturing or processing facilities.
A human factors and safety analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, training records, photographs, etc. In addition, a site visit was performed and a review of relevant research materials, codes, and standards related to acceptable workplace safety practices and standards. The exact cause of the accident could not be determined. It was determined that the host employer complied with standard operating procedures that had been followed for over a decade and that their actions complied with accepted procedures of a controlling employer in a multi-employer environment.
Results: Case resolved in a favorable manner.