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A service writer for a car dealership died when he was struck in the head by an alignment rack that rolled off a handcart.

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 02CA005, 2002 Oct; :1-5
A 31-year-old service writer for an auto dealership was killed when the alignment rack he was pushing up a driveway incline fell off the handcart and crushed his head. The victim's supervisor was pushing the rack with him when the rack got too heavy and started to roll backwards. The supervisor was able to get out of the way but the victim lost his footing and slipped and fell down in the path of the falling alignment rack. The alignment rack was not secured to the handcart. The alignment rack weighed approximately 1,000 pounds. The victim was wearing smooth sole shoes. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Ensure proper equipment is used to move heavy objects. 2. Ensure loads are properly secured before moving them. 3. Ensure that supervisors only assign employees to tasks for which they have been trained. 4. Ensure that deliveries of equipment are scheduled during normal working hours.
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; Equipment-operators; Automobile-repair-shops
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02CA005; 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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