FATALITY ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL EVALUATION (FACE) PROGRAM
Entrapment in an Intermodal Cargo-Container Spreader Kills Worker at Seaport Terminal
New Jersey Case Report: 08NJ012
Release Date: November 10, 2009
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A worker was killed when his head was crushed between structural beams of an intermodal cargo-container spreader as it was being closed during the lubrication of the guide rails. A crew of four employees prepared the spreader for use, with one employee working the crane and the three others lubricating the guide rails with a petroleum-based aerosol spray. The employees lubricating the guide rails had to be within the moving parts of the spreader in order to reach certain areas of the guide rails. At the time of the incident, there was no written standard operating procedure or employee training for the spreader guide-rail lubrication procedure.