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Construction laborer crushed by steel plate in trench.

Massachusetts Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 90MA004, 1990 Nov; :1
On July 16, 1990, a construction labored was crushed to death by a three ton steel plate while working in a trench. The Department of Labor and Industries identified the death through a newspaper article on July 19, 1990. On July 20, 1990, two Division of Industrial Safety, Department of Labor and Industries, inspectors initiated an investigation of the incident. They visited and photographed the site and interviewed the employer, the chief engineer for the project, co-workers, and police who were at the scene. They obtained copies of the emergency medical services, fire and police reports as well as a number of other material including the First Report of Injury, employee safety materials and insurance documents. The employer is a general contracting firm that has been in business for twenty-seven years. The firm has written safety procedures and holds regular safety meetings. The victim a 27 year old male, had worked for the company for nine months as a laborer. Recommendation: 1. Improved communication system at the site and use of pre built forms for pouring the concrete.
Region-1; 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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-90MA004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division