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Logging crane operator dies in crane tip-over - Alaska.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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 94AK051, 1995 Aug; :1-8
On November 29, 1994, a 46-year-old, male crane operator (victim) died as a result of the tip-over of a crane into an adjacent bay. The crane operator was in the process of lifting a bundle of seven logs from a truck and attempting to place the bundle into the bay. As he swung the load toward the bay, the crane became unbalanced and toppled from a bluff bulkhead. The crane fell into the bay, a distance of approximately 25 feet. The crane cab was submerged, and it required about thirteen minutes to extricate the operator. The victim was transported by boat to a nearby hospital, a trip of approximately 30 minutes. During this time CPR was unsuccessfully attempted. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Based on the findings of the epidemiologic investigation, to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. ensure that all crane operators follow boom loading specifications and be cognizant of boom dynamics at all times when operating cranes. 2. ensure that all crane operators have received model-specific training on the cranes they operate. This training must be in addition to on-the-job training. 3. ensure that cranes have a mechanism for establishing the approximate weight of the load being lifted and that operators know how to properly use such devices. 4. ensure that crane operators know the correct load release procedure for unbalanced cranes.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Training; Equipment-operators; Logging-workers; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94AK051; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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