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Maintenance worker dies after overhead crane collides with aerial platform at construction equipment plant - North Carolina.

Authors
Moore-PH; Casini-VJ; Pettit-TA; Sniezek-JS
Source
NIOSH 1997 Oct; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20000457
Abstract
A 54-year-old industrial maintenance worker (the victim) was killed when the aerial platform he was working from tipped and fell 19 feet to the floor of the construction-equipment manufacturing plant. The victim had been grinding the end of a shortened runway rail for a floor-operated overhead crane while another overhead crane was operating on an adjacent runway. As the operating crane traveled along its runway, it struck the aerial platform, knocking it off balance and causing it to tip over to the floor. When the platform and victim hit the floor, the victim sustained massive head trauma and internal injuries. Co-workers notified the emergency medical service who responded within 3 minutes, and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents, employers should: ensure that hazard assessment of work areas is conducted prior to work being performed; ensure that adequate zones of safety, marked by readily discernible warning devices, are established around maintenance areas in production facilities.
Keywords
Traumatic-injuries; Construction-equipment; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Region-4
Publication Date
19971009
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
PB99-157075
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-97-14
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NC; WV
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