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Equipment operator dies following crane overturn incident.

Missouri Department of Health
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 99MO090, 2000 Nov; :1-5
On August 25, 1999, a 60-year-old certified crane operator was killed after attempting to jump clear from a 14.5-ton overturning crane. The operator was lifting bundles of steel roof joists from a trailer and over a 30-foot concrete wall. The crane became unsteady as it rotated the load from the back of the crane to the side. The crane tipped up onto the outriggers twice before overturning completely onto its side. The operator tried to escape from the tipping crane but became pinned by the crane as it tipped to its side. Workers used two other near-by cranes and EMS used inflatable pillows to lift the overturned crane off of the operator. He was taken to a local trauma center where he died a short time later. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should: 1. ensure that cranes are operated within their limits of stability as determined by the manufacturer-supplied capacity charts; 2. ensure that the weights of objects lifted by a crane be determined by a competent person, as defined by OSHA, and the weight be posted clearly and visibly on the object prior to being lifted; 3. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, strict conformance with the equipment manufacturer's recommended safe operating procedures for crane set-up and lift configurations; 4. ensure that all cranes are equipped with load moment indicators and maintain those indicators according to the manufacturer's specifications. Additionally, manufacturers of steel building components should: 5. consider clearly and visibly identifying each steel building component with its corresponding weight.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Head-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-safety-programs; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MO090; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division