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Fourteen-year-old laborer dies after a stored piece of hoisting apparatus fell on him at an automobile repossession yard - Pennsylvania.

NIOSH 2002 Mar; :1-6
A 14-year-old male laborer (the victim) died of crushing injuries after a damaged portion of hoisting apparatus (illusion unit) at an automobile repossession yard fell on him. The youth had been hired to pull weeds and perform general clean-up around the perimeter of the yard and the buildings located within the yard. At the time of the incident, the youth was pulling weeds in the vicinity of a 74-inch-high, 300-pound portion of hoisting apparatus that was positioned but unsecured against one of the buildings in the yard. The incident was unwitnessed, but the presence of several large weeds behind the unit indicates that the victim might have been trying to move the illusion unit to gain access to the weeds when the unit fell on him. The victim was last seen at lunch. When his father, who also worked at the repossession yard, went to look for him an hour later he found the victim underneath the fallen unit. The father lifted the unit off of the victim and called the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) from the company office. Due to the extent of the victim's injuries, no first aid was attempted. When the EMS arrived they summoned the coroner, who pronounced the victim dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar incidents, employers should: 1. isolate, stabilize, dismantle or restrain equipment that has been out of service in such a manner that would prevent employee exposure; 2. comply with child labor laws which prohibit youth 14 and 15 years of age from working in occupations that involve warehousing and storage; 3. ensure that constant supervision is provided when youths are present in a working environment; and, 4. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program.
Region-3; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Age-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-education
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health