Massachusetts maintenance foreman dies when crushed beneath steel framework.
NIOSH 1994 Mar; :1-4
On June 21, 1993, a 41 year old male maintenance mechanic was crushed to death at an iron foundry when a 1,500 pound steel frame he was uprighting fell on him. The victim was working alone with a chain fall, and was apparently beneath the load when the steel platform fell on him, crushing his head and shoulders. A nearby co-worker immediately summoned the help of others to remove the load from the victim, and emergency medical services were called. EMT and paramedic personnel quickly arrived and attempted to revive the victim without success. He was pronounced dead at the regional hospital approximately twenty five minutes following the incident. In order to prevent similar future occurrences, the MA FACE Program Field Investigator recommends that employers: 1. Ensure that employees are prevented from working beneath suspended loads. 2. Ensure that equipment used to lift heavy loads is in suitable condition and of sufficient strength to safely complete the task. 3. Require employees to lift excessively heavy loads with the aid of others.
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; Maintenance-workers; Mechanics; Foundries; Foundry-workers; Iron-industry; Iron-working-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health