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Warehouse supervisor dies after being caught between a pallet stacking machine and a storage rack support - Virginia, July 9, 1992.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92-26, 1993 Feb; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 40 year old male warehouse supervisor. He was employed by a cigarette manufacturer and distributor that had been in operation for 70 years. The victim had worked for this company for 17 years. For 6 of those years he was supervisor of the warehouse. The victim, on the day of the accident, had been working the 8am to 4pm shift at the finished goods warehouse. Each of the nine aisles contained a computerized pallet stacking machine which could be operated automatically or manually. The machines traveled up and down aisles at about 3.5 miles/hour, retrieving cases of cigarettes and carrying them to a conveyor belt. The accident was not witnessed, but it is assumed that the victim was working in the aisle. His back was toward the stacking machine approaching him when it struck and crushed him between the stacking machine's frame and a vertical 4 inch I-beam storage rack support. He was dragged for several feet before the pressure sensitive stop bumper apparently came in contact with some part of the victim's body. The cause of death was mechanical asphyxia due to crush injuries to the chest. It was recommended that the current safety program in place at the warehouse be evaluated and that employers consider installing stationary travel warning lights and redesigning the stacking machine pressure sensitive stop bumpers.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-92-26; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Robotics; Automation; Warehousing
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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