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Massachusetts maintenance foreman dies when crushed beneath steel framework.

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 93MA010, 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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA010; 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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