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Dockside crane operations: three recent fatalities raise safety concerns.

Manwaring JC; Bledsoe GL
State Alsk Epidemiol Bull, No.16, 1995 Jul; :1
The safety of using cranes in dockside environments was called into question following three occupational fatalities in Alaska. The first death occurred when a worker operating a crane attempted to lift a bundle of logs from a truck to an adjacent bay for water transportation. The crane tipped over into the bay. Efforts to resuscitate the operator failed. The second case involved a worker attempting to lift a large rock from the bottom of the bay at a dock embankment. As he moved the crane boom toward the dock with the rock above water level, the crane tipped over into the bay and dock structure. The third case involved a worker attempting to load a fishing net onto a vessel at the dock. In each of these cases the vehicles became unbalanced due to failure to use safe crane operation procedures or the failure to use vehicle outriggers when required by the boom extension and load weight. Inadequate training and experience of the operators was also a common factor in each of these deaths. It was recommended that operators receive model specific adequate training on the crane they plan to operate, that they be familiar with crane boom loading parameters and boom dynamics, that they fully deploy outriggers and other stability enhancing devices when needed, and that the environmental surface be conducive to appropriate use of such equipment.
Accident-analysis; Equipment-operators; Dockworkers; Accident-prevention; Safety-equipment; Training; Materials-handling;
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State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, No. 16
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division