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Massachusetts carpenter dies when crushed beneath prefabricated modular roof panel.

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 93MA011, 1994 Apr; :1-4
On June 30, 1993, a 24 year old male carpenter was fatally crushed beneath the weight of two prefabricated roof panels on a modular home construction site. The victim was working beneath the panels, on the roof of a single family home. He was attempting to align and nail the panels together when the collapse occurred. Once emergency responders freed the victim from under the weight of the panels, he was lowered to the floor in the home's bathroom area. The emergency responders were able to maintain vital signs prior to and during transport to the regional hospital, but the victim was officially pronounced dead from his injuries approximately fifty minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Project concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences employers and modular home erectors should: 1. Ensure that no one is permitted to work beneath materials of unsecured dead weight. 2. Ensure that all personnel employed in specialty construction are supervised, trained and have firsthand knowledge of specialty construction processes. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, worker training in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions. 4. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of construction projects and do so on a daily basis if necessary.
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; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MA011; 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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