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Transportation coordinator dies after being crushed by a large wind machine 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 95CA004, 1995 Sep; :1-4
A 32-year-old male transportation coordinator (the victim) died after a large wind machine (fan) fell from a hydraulic lift gate of a stakebed truck and crushed him. The victim and a co-worker were transporting the fan from one film location to another for a movie production company. The co-worker was on the bed of the truck pushing a cart loaded with the 1,500 pound fan to the edge of the truck's lift gate. The victim was standing on the pavement at the back of the truck reaching up to steady the fan. When the fan reached the edge of the lift gate, the front wheels of the fan cart went over the edge of the lift gate, the victim slipped and fell, and the fan then fell on him. His co-worker called for help and he and several other workers lifted the fan from the victim. Paramedics were summoned to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that in order to prevent future occurrences employers and employees should: 1. develop and enforce a comprehensive written Illness and Injury Prevention Program (IIPP) which describes in detail the methods, procedures, and rules for materials handling, specifically loading and unloading materials and equipment at site locations 2. insure employees use appropriate equipment when moving materials and/or equipment 3. make certain that the work surface is safe when heavy loads are to be loaded, unloaded, or moved 4. verify that personal tools and equipment used on the job meet safety regulations and are suitable for the task.
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; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Materials-handling; Materials-transport
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95CA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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