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Truck driver dies in fall from flat bed trailer in Massachusetts.

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 92MA008, 1992 May; :1-4
A 33 year old male interstate truck driver from Massachusetts died as the result of injuries sustained in a 10 foot fall from on top of his load while securing it to his flatbed trailer. On the day of the incident the victim was routinely assisted by a co-worker using strapping to secure a load of rolled chain link fencing to his flatbed trailer for delivery to an out-of-state client on the following day. While on top of the load, and during the course of securing it to the flatbed, the co-worker claimed that the victim lost his balance, hollered, and slid down unsecured rolls of fencing falling approximately 10 feet to the parking lot below. Remaining fully conscious throughout this ordeal, the victim complained only of back pain and a minor laceration on his mouth. Emergency response personnel were routinely summoned and the victim was transported to the regional hospital and subsequently to yet another area medical center where he died eight days later. The Massachusetts FACE Investigator concluded that in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes analysis and discussion of transport vehicle loading and unloading procedures. 2. Consider purchase and use of transport vehicles that are fully enclosed to eliminate the need of mounting the load to secure it from movement. 3. Consider loading and/or unloading flatbed transport vehicles in an area of the yard or facility where unprotected sides of transport vehicle could be temporarily protected, or use alternative methods not requiring an unsecured employee to be on the load, thus eliminating a fall from atop the load and/or collapse of the load itself.
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; Truck-drivers; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MA008; 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