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Laborer struck and killed by a 700-pound concrete lid - Virginia, November 20, 1995.
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 96-08, 1996 Mar; :1-6
A 37 year old male laborer was engaged in installing a concrete water distribution box when he was struck by the 700 pound box lid; he died 12 days later. He was employed by a residential contractor and developer with four employees. At the time of the accident the victim and his coworker were attempting to off load the lid from a monorail boom truck onto the box. The lid shifted from a horizontal to a vertical position during the off loading procedure. Just before the shift in position occurred, the victim had grabbed the lid, probably attempting to correct the alignment so that it would fit correctly on the box. When the lid shifted, the toggle, which had been holding the lid, slipped through the hole in the center of the lid, and allowed the lid to fall to the ground. The victim was knocked off balance by the shift of the lid and fell to the ground just before the lid. The lid fell on top of the victim causing crushing injuries to the chest and torso. It is recommended that no employee work or travel near a suspended load, that companies which manufacture water distribution boxes consider delivery of boxes and lids together as a single unit, that rigging be suitable for the load being moved, and that a written safety program be devised and implemented.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-96-08; Accident-analysis; Construction-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-industry; Construction-Search
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