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Stone worker crushed to death under toppled granite slabs.

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 96NJ080, 1997 Mar; :1-6
On October 12, 1996, a 48-year-old worker at a stone fabrication shop was killed after being crushed by falling 700 pound slabs of granite. The incident occurred as the victim and a co-worker were using a forklift truck to move a granite slab to a metal A-frame used to store the slabs on edge. As the slab was lowered into position, the forklift pushed against three other granite slabs stored on a second A-frame, causing them to tip over and fall towards the victim. The victim, who was standing between the metal frames to release the slab from the forklift, was crushed between the falling slabs and the slabs stored on the A-frame in front of him. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. The employer should examine alternate methods means of moving, storing or securing the stone slabs. 2. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 3. Employers should be aware of educational and training resources for health and safety information.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ080; 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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