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Cleaning company laborer crushed by toppled paper bales while working at Massachusetts recycling plant.

Massachusetts 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 93MA004, 1994 Apr; :1-4
On April 30, 1993, an 18 year old, male cleaning company laborer was killed and a co-worker was seriously injured when several 1,300 pound wire-bound paper bales fell on top of them at a Massachusetts paper recycling plant. The victim and coworker were performing routine sweeping duties in the plant when the stacked paper bales toppled down on them from an eighteen foot height. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, and the coworker was airlifted to a regional hospital where he survived the acute trauma. To prevent similar future occurrences, the Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that employers should: 1. Ensure that forklift operators properly stack and secure materials to prevent slippage or collapse; 2. Consider using stanchions with chains to brace stacked materials; 3. Ensure that contracted cleaning company personnel are fully informed of potential jobsite safety hazards. In addition, government agencies should: 4. Clarify who is responsible for providing both general and job specific health and safety training to personnel from temporary agencies.
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; Training; Maintenance-workers; Safety-personnel; Health-programs; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA004; 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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