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Forklift operator is crushed by a roll of paper when it falls out of a railroad boxcar 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 97CA007, 1997 Oct; :1-3
A 24-year old forklift operator (decedent) died when he was crushed by a 2,214 pound roll of paper that tumbled out of a boxcar door. The decedent had opened the boxcar door to access the load of rolls of paper for unloading. The bands that had held several rolls together pulled apart during shipping and the rolls had dislodged. When the decedent opened the door far enough, one roll fell on top of him. Neither the decedent nor his co-worker had training in unloading boxcars. The CA/FACE investigator that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. use means of opening and closing railroad boxcar sliding doors that do not allow employees to stand in the door's opening. 2. develop and implement a formal, written training program that addresses the hazards of the job. 3. In addition, shippers should standardize methods of shipping to assure the integrity of the freight.
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-measures; Training; Railroad-cars; Railroad-industry; Occupational-safety-programs; Warehousing; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97CA007; 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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