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Worker dies after falling off of loading dock ramp.

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 98MN045, 1998 Aug; :1-4
A 63-year-old worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling from a loading dock ramp. The victim worked as a part-time repair technician. On the day of the incident, workers were having a going away party for a coworker. Immediately prior to falling, the victim was walking up the dock ramp to join another coworker who was eating in the dock. The victim had a plate of food in his right hand and used his left hand to hold onto the dock door frame to pull himself up onto the dock from the top of the ramp. As he was pulling himself up, his hand slipped off the door frame and he fell backwards and hit his head. A coworker who was trained as a first responder was sitting nearby and immediately came to help. Another coworker placed a 911 call and emergency personnel arrived shortly after being called and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died six days later. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should equip dock doors with barriers that prevent workers from using the dock as a walkway when the metal door is open; and 2. 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; Safety-programs; Dockworkers; Personal-protection; Protective-materials; Warehousing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MN045; 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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