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A saw operator dies when struck by an aluminum plate that fell from a vacuum crane.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2004 Sep; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20027335
Abstract
A 36-year-old Hispanic male saw operator died when struck by an aluminum plate. The victim had raised the aluminum plate off a pallet using an overhead crane with vacuum-operated suction cups attached to the hook. The victim then shut off the power to the crane and reached under the suspended aluminum plate. The vacuum-operated suction cups were wired to the crane controls and so the cups were shut off when the crane was shut off. The suction cups lost vacuum and the aluminum plate fell, striking the victim who was under the raised plate. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure workers do not stand or place any body part underneath loads being hoisted by a crane. 2. Ensure that the machinery employees are required to use in the scope of their work is properly configured, inspected, and maintained. 3. Ensure that the overhead crane's power source is separate from other power sources needed for lifting devices attached to the hook.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Equipment-operators; Machine-operation
Publication Date
20040923
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-102732
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-04CA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-33
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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