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Warehouseman crushed between two rolls of coiled steel.

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 01NJ027, 2001 Sep; :1-10
On March 20, 2001, a 41-year-old warehouseman at a steel cutting plant was crushed to death between two rolls of coiled steel. The victim worked at a plant that cut coils of sheet steel into individual sheets. The steel was delivered to the plant in large coils that ranged in weight from 5,000 to 40,000 pounds and stacked in long rows on the plant floor. A 20-ton capacity overhead crane was used to move the steel inside the plant. On this day, the victim was using the crane to lift a coil that had been stacked three high. As he lifted the coil, the movement apparently dislodged one or more neighboring coils, causing one 10,000-pound coil to slip forward off the row and pin the victim against a row of coils behind him. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should develop and implement a procedure for the stable storage of steel coils. 2. Employers should ensure that aisle widths meet applicable OSHA standards. 3. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01NJ027; 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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