Production employee crushed to death by toppled metal coils at Massachusetts steel fabrication facility.
NIOSH 1996 Feb; :1-4
On February 28, 1995, a 25 year old male production employee was fatally injured when he was crushed beneath several coils of metal band stock at a Massachusetts steel fabrication facility. Identifying and tagging coils of 6 1/4" wide band stock at the time of the incident, the victim had his back turned to a stack of materials when they toppled onto him. The 8 foot high stack consisted of fourteen coils, eleven of which fell adjacent to the victim while three, weighing approximately 1,100 pounds each, struck the victim in the lower back inflicting catastrophic pelvic injuries. Co-workers immediately summoned emergency assistance, then removed the heavy coils from the conscious victim and tended to him until Emergency Medical Services arrived. The victim was soon transported to the regional hospital where he was officially pronounced dead approximately one and one-half hours following the incident. The MA FACE Program Director concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that forklift operators properly stack and secure materials to prevent the possibility of collapse. 2. Consider using racks for storage of materials.
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; Steel-industry; Equipment-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Massachusetts Department of Health