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Night crew associate dies after fall at retail building supply outlet in Massachusetts.

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 95MA013, 1996 Apr; :1-5
On May 23, 1995, a 52 year old male night crew associate died of complications received in a twelve foot fall on May 3, 1995. The victim was standing on an elevated wooden pallet at the time of the incident and moving cabinet stock onto a storage rack. The wooden pallet broke and the safety belt the victim was wearing failed allowing him to fall approximately twelve feet to the concrete floor below. Complaining of numbness in the legs and lower back pain, the victim was transported to a local hospital by emergency medical services. He was held at the hospital where he died of complications twenty days following the incident. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Implement a personal protective equipment inspection program that ensures the removal of defective equipment from service. 2. Ensure that all employees who are subjected to fall hazards in the course of their employment are suitably trained in fall hazard recognition and the use of personal protective equipment. 3. Ensure that surfaces from which employees might work be structurally adequate and suitable for the task.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MA013; 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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