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Massachusetts warehouse/delivery worker dies when crushed by toppled granite slabs.

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 94MA066, 1995 Jul; :1-3
On October 10, 1994, a 43 year old Massachusetts warehouse/delivery worker died of injuries suffered when he was crushed by toppled slabs of imported polished granite weighing 5,400 pounds. Using a chain fall, the victim and a helper had loaded one bundle containing six slabs of granite onto each side of a wooden A-frame support on the rear of a flat bed truck. The victim was standing to the left of the unsecured load on the flatbed surface at the time of the incident. It appears that the right rear end of the flatbed truck was resting upon a bumper guard of an abutting loading dock and as a result the flatbed surface was listing to the left. The weight of the victim and a co-worker apparently caused additional listing prompting the granite bundle on the left of the A-frame to topple onto the victim. Emergency medical personnel were summoned and responded within minutes of the call. They pronounced the victim dead on the scene approximately twenty-five minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Field investigator concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that loads are suitably secured against displacement. 2. Ensure that material transport equipment is secured against displacement. 3. develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program which includes procedures for safe handling of heavy materials and worker training in recognizing and avoiding potential safety and health hazards.
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; Safety-programs; Dockworkers; Warehousing; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA066; 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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