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Female receiving clerk dies in fall in warehouse in South Carolina, September 3, 1988.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1988 Nov; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
00186199
Abstract
The case of a female receiving clerk who died as the result of a fall sustained while trying to locate misplaced merchandise on a 7 foot high steel shelving was examined. The victim was employed by a wholesale merchandise distributor. The company had no written safety program and all training for work related tasks was conducted on the job. The victim had been assigned at the time of the accident to locate misplaced merchandise that was previously stocked. The victim apparently climbed the shelves to reach the top shelf instead of using an available 6 foot high wheel mounted ladder with handrails. A fork lift driver passing the scene offered to assist the victim in getting down, but she declined. Later workers heard a scream and found the victim lying in the aisle between two rows of shelves. She underwent emergency neurosurgery but died the following morning due to closed head injuries. Her employer had provided the necessary ladder for her use and had she used it she would not likely have sustained the fall. Workers should be trained to perform their tasks in the safest possible manner.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-46; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Work-practices; Warehousing; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
19881129
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-187611
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-88-46
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-42
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-88-46, 5 pages
State
SC; WV
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