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Female receiving clerk dies in fall in warehouse in South Carolina, September 3, 1988.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 88-46, 1988 Nov; :1-5
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.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-88-46; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Work-practices; Warehousing; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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