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New Hampshire construction project manager dies when crushed by five ton concrete slab on Massachusetts construction site.

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 94MA067, 1995 Apr; :1-3
On October 21, 1994, a 46 year old New Hampshire construction project manager died from injuries received when he was crushed by a five ton concrete slab on a Massachusetts construction site. Working in an excavation at the time of the incident, the victim and his crew were attempting to cap the end of a 10,000 gallon commercial septic tank. The crane lowered the five ton cap into the excavation. The men were positioning it into place when two steel re-bar eyelets, embedded in the concrete slab to which the crane's wire rope was affixed, broke. The victim suffered the full force of the slab upon the back of his body as he attempted to scale the excavation wall. Emergency medical services were summoned while the crew removed the slab from the victim. The victim was removed from the excavation, and pronounced dead on the scene by a Life Flight physician approximately thirty minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Field Investigator concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, manufacturers of pre-cast concrete products should: 1. Install lifting inserts in their products that are suitable for use at the time of installation. In addition, employers should: 2. Ensure that load lifting anchor points and rigging accessories are capable of carrying the intended load. 3. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program for all employees that includes, but is not limited to, safety training and hazard recognition for septic tank construction and, particularly, rigging operations.
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; Safety-programs; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Supervisory-personnel; Management-personnel
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA067; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division