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Warehouseman falls 70 feet to his death through an open elevator shaft in New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90NJ010, 1991 Apr; :1-3
On July 2, 1990, a 45-year-old warehouseman died as a result of a 70-foot fall through an open elevator shaft in a refrigerated warehouse of frozen food products. The victim took a loaded pallet jack by elevator to the seventh floor and left the elevator door open while a co-worker took the elevator to the eighth floor. The victim stepped backwards into the open elevator shaft and fell to his death. NJDOH FACE personnel determined that: 1. All freight elevators must have an operating interlocking safety device which does not permit the elevator to move while its doors are open; 2. A communication device (telephone) should be placed on each elevator and at each floor. The elevator operator can then be summoned to bring the elevator to a specific floor; 3. An audible alarm device must be provided in the elevator to call for assistance in case of emergency; 4. The employer and employees must jointly evaluate each job task and prepare written safety instructions for each job.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Warehousing; Warning-devices; Warning-systems
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90NJ010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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