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Steel rack installer dies after being struck by 3,000 pound bundle of rack end pieces - South Carolina, July 25, 1996.
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 96-24, 1996 Nov; :1-5
This report concerns the death of a 35 year old male steel rack installer who was struck by a 3,000 pound bundle of rack ends. The employer had been subcontracted to install steel racks to be used as open shelving space in a warehouse under construction. The racks were 28 feet high and 5 feet deep and varied in width. The rack ends arrived in bundles of ten. At the time of the incident, the men needed a single rack end to complete a section of shelving. The men freed one rack end from the group of ten, and were guiding the remaining retied package of nine back to the storage area when the bundle became unstable and tipped over, striking the victim and pinning him to the concrete floor. He died 16 days later due to crushing injuries to the trunk. Recommendations included evaluating material handling practices to ensure the safest possible work environment, training employees in the recognition of hazards and methods to control them, and developing, implementing, and enforcing, a comprehensive written safety program.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-24; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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