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Electrician killed when caught between a personnel lift and an overhead bay door.

New Jersey 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 95NJ017, 1995 Nov; :1-9
On February 6, 1995, a 40-year-old electrician was killed while he was working in a personnel lift to examine a damaged overhead bay door at a loading dock. The victim was radioing instructions to a security guard who was raising and lowering the door on command. Shortly after following the victim's last instructions, the security guard went to check on the victim and found him with his head caught between the personnel lift and the bay door. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, employers should follow these safety guidelines: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce a lock-out, tag-out procedure for working on machines and other power-operated equipment. 2. Overhead door operators should have a clear view of the doors when they are opened or closed. 3. Overhead door controls should be logically placed and clearly marked, and an emergency door stop button should be provided. 4. Employers should be aware of their health and safety responsibilities for leased or temporary employees.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95NJ017; 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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