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Lumberyard orderman died from injuries sustained after a laminated beam falls on him in California.
Public Health Institute
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 94CA012, 1995 Apr; :1-3
A 41-year-old white, Hispanic male orderman (the decedent) died after a 60 foot laminated beam fell on him in a lumber yard. There were no witnesses to this incident but the employer believed the decedent was attempting to retrieve a 7" X 11 7/8" X 8' beam out from under two large laminated beams which weighed approximately 3000 lbs. each. While he was attempting to move the shorter beam out from underneath the large laminated beam onto a forklift, the large laminated beam rolled on top of him. Co-workers heard the decedent's screams and came to his aid. He was conscious when co-workers arrived so they did not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or First Aid procedures. Paramedics were summoned to the scene and arrived in approximately 5 minutes. The decedent was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was pronounced dead by a physician at the hospital at 2:15 am on May 12, 1994. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. provide training for employees regarding the hazards related to loading and unloading stacks of lumber. 2. evaluate their current safety program and incorporate specific training procedures emphasizing the importance of controlling hazards in the workplace. These procedures should include, but not be limited to, conducting hazard evaluations before initiating work at a job site and implementing appropriate controls. 3. require that employees work in pairs when their work involves retrieving lumber from under a stack.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Training; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers; Occupational-hazards
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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