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Industrial machinery mover dies when a heavy cabinet falls off of transport devices and crushes 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 98CA008, 1999 Jan; :1-4
A 45-year old industrial machinery mover (decedent) died when he was crushed between a heavy cabinet and a concrete wall. The decedent was behind the cabinet which was being moved into place by a system of rollers (skates) and lumber. The cabinet was "top heavy" and it tipped toward the wall pinning the decedent against the wall. A 4X4 had been placed on top of each of the two skates which had been placed under the cabinet. The two skates, which were not as long as the cabinet was deep, had been placed in the center of the depth of the cabinet. This placement caused the cabinet to be unstable. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure employees do not place themselves in an area of danger where they may be crushed by heavy equipment or materials. 2. ensure employees maintain the center of gravity within a proper base of support when moving heavy equipment.
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; Protective-equipment; Occupational-hazards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA008; 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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