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December 1991

Safety and health: fabricated structural metal

Martin E. Personick, Elyce Biddle, Amy Lettman

The industry that forms heavy metal supports for buildings and other structures has one of the highest rates of occupational injuries and illnesses; welder and cutter was one of its most hazardous occupations. This article examines work activities and their associated safety issues in fabricated structural metal, an industry that exists in a factory setting where workers cut, shape, and join metal parts for use primarily in industrial and commercial buildings and, to a lesser extent, in bridges, ship sections, transmission towers, and offshore drilling platforms.

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