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Worker dies after falling 12 feet from a semitrailer.

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 98MN046, 1998 Nov; :1-5
A 47-year-old worker (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling from a loaded semitrailer. The victim worked as a general field superintendent. On the day of the incident, workers were loading the trailer with forms used to make concrete bridge abutments. The victim had been standing on top of the highest form on the trailer. He was directing a forklift operator where to place the forms on the trailer while also straightening the stack of forms. The victim told the forklift operator that the load was complete and the forklift operator put the forklift away in a nearby building. Upon returning from the building where the forklift was parked, the operator observed the two highest forms rocking on top of the trailer. The forklift operator ran to the driver's side of the trailer and observed the top form lying on the ground and the victim lying next to it. The operator then ran to the office where he told a secretary to place a 911 call. Emergency personnel arrived shortly after being called and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died later that day. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should ensure that employees never stand on unstable loads; 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; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MN046; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division