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Maintenance mechanic struck and killed by a falling conveyor platform.

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 97NJ093, 1998 Aug; :1-9
On October 15, 1997, a 28-year-old maintenance mechanic at a cold storage warehouse was killed when he was struck by the falling platform of a vertical lift conveyor. The incident occurred as the victim and two co-workers were trying to repair the conveyor, which was used as an elevator to lift pallets of produce to the three floors of the warehouse. The workers had just finished fixing a jam when they noticed that the motor was making an unusual noise. Suspecting a bad bearing, the victim pulled the motor from the conveyor's drive assembly, releasing the electric braking mechanism. The platform's mechanical brakes failed, causing the platform to fall and strike the victim. NJDHSS FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop, implement, and enforce an effective lock-out/tag-out program. 2. Employers should ensure that machines are properly maintained according to manufacturers' guidelines. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. Small business owners should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-2; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ093; 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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