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Mechanic dies as result of injuries sustained in fall with personnel lift.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 96MN002, 1996 Apr; :1-3
On the morning of the incident, the victim used a personnel lift in order to work on a suspended hoist monorail system. The lift was raised to an elevation of 17 feet 6 inches when it tipped over and fell to the ground. The victim was not wearing fall protection equipment. The machine was a single person lift on wheels with a hydraulic pump reservoir operated by a 12 volt battery. The scaffold did not have any type of a brake system, but outriggers were available to stabilize it. At the time of the incident, the outriggers were not being used to increase the stability of the lift. The victim may have pushed away from the hoist system causing the lift to tip back on its wheels and fall over. The victim was thrown to the floor and the lift fell on top of an electric cart which was parked on the floor. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died two days later. 1. employers should ensure that personnel lifts are properly erected before use 2. employers should ensure that workers are properly trained in the safe use of all equipment; 3. employers should encourage employees using any type of personnel lift to tie-off to a stationary support above the working height; and 4. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
Region-5; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Scaffolds; Safety-programs; Mechanics; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MN002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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