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Massachusetts warehouseman dies in fall from mezzanine.

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 94MA070, 1995 Jun; :1-3
A 27-year old male warehouseman was fatally injured on November 16, 1994 after falling approximately 14 1/2 feet from a second level mezzanine. The victim was helping a co-worker unload bales of cardboard from a forklift when he fell from the open edge of the mezzanine floor. Emergency medical assistance transported the victim to a regional hospital, where he died two days later as a result of the injuries. To prevent future similar occurrences, the FACE Program concluded that employers should: 1. Ensure that fall protection by guarding or use of personal protective equipment is provided and used by all employees whenever any work is performed at an elevation over 4 feet. 2. Analyze the materials handling process to identify safety hazards and re-design the process to eliminate as many hazards as possible. 3. Design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes involving and training employees in recognizing hazards and utilizing controls.
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; Warehousing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA070; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
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