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Automobile repair business owner killed when auto he was working on slipped off the supporting hydraulic jacks.

NIOSH 1989 Jan; :1-2
A 49 year old owner of an automobile repair business was killed when an auto he was working on slipped off the supporting hydraulic jacks. The fatal accident occurred on a Tuesday morning at approximately 1100 hours. The vehicle involved had been left in the shop to find and eliminate a strong vibration. The victim and a helper lifted the auto with hydraulic jacks placed under both the front and rear bumpers. The vehicle was lifted to a point that gave 18-20 inches clearance. The victim then went under the vehicle on a creeper. The victim instructed the helper to start the engine and place the transmission into "Drive". When this was done a strong vibration was immediately present. The vehicle vibrated off the jacks and dropped onto the victim. Emergency services were notified immediately and arrived on the scene at 1109 hours. The helper and a bystander used a hydraulic floor jack to lift the vehicle and rescue personnel extracted the victim and began CPR. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1150 hours. 1. After lifting a vehicle to the desired height it should be blocked, cribbed or secured at once. 2. Employers should develop and implement comprehensive written safety programs.
Region-8; 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; Maintenance-workers; Equipment-operators; Automobile-repair-shops; Mechanics
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-89CO006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment