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A saw operator dies when struck by an aluminum plate that fell from a vacuum crane.

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 04CA002, 2004 Sep; :1-5
A 36-year-old Hispanic male saw operator died when struck by an aluminum plate. The victim had raised the aluminum plate off a pallet using an overhead crane with vacuum-operated suction cups attached to the hook. The victim then shut off the power to the crane and reached under the suspended aluminum plate. The vacuum-operated suction cups were wired to the crane controls and so the cups were shut off when the crane was shut off. The suction cups lost vacuum and the aluminum plate fell, striking the victim who was under the raised plate. 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 workers do not stand or place any body part underneath loads being hoisted by a crane. 2. Ensure that the machinery employees are required to use in the scope of their work is properly configured, inspected, and maintained. 3. Ensure that the overhead crane's power source is separate from other power sources needed for lifting devices attached to the hook.
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; Machine-operation
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04CA002; 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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