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Massachusetts assembler/welder crushed to death beneath twelve ton steel tank.

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 95MA002, 1995 Nov; :1-5
On January 26, 1995 a 34-year old male assembler/welder was crushed to death by a 12-ton steel tank at a Massachusetts steel fabrication and tank manufacturing plant. The victim had just removed the last of six tack-welded legs that were being used to hold the container in place. The tank became destabilized and rolled over, striking the victim twice as it rocked back and forth. The MA FACE field investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program for all employees that includes, but is not limited to, safety training and hazard recognition for tank construction and rigging operations. 2. Exercise good site control by the use of a safety monitor who would assure that all personnel are clear before crane operations begin. 3. Assure that cranes and rigging are sufficient to control movements of objects being lifted or turned. 4. Consider and address manufacturing process alternatives.
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; Safety-personnel; Welders
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MA002; 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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