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Two maintenance mechanics died when a suspended steel dock plate fell on them.

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 04CA013, 2005 Aug; :1-4
Two 53-year-old Hispanic male maintenance mechanics died when a suspended steel dock plate fell on them. The steel dock plate was part of a dock leveler that was being replaced. The steel dock plate was being suspended by a chain that ran through a pipe welded to the top of the dock plate and attached to the hook of a deck crane. The weld connecting the pipe to the dock plate broke while both victims were working under the suspended load. The loading dock leveler had a safety bar underneath the dock plate to hold it when in the raised position, but the safety bar was not used at the time of the incident. The method used to perform the lift was not the one that the company recommended. 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 employees never place themselves under a suspended load. 2. Ensure employees follow recommended procedures when replacing the dock levelers.
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; Equipment-operators; Maintenance-workers; Dockworkers; Dockyards
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04CA013; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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