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Massachusetts stock clerk dies from fall out of a tipped vertical lift.

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 00MA003, 2001 Jan; :1-5
On January 11, 2000, a 34-year-old male stock clerk (the victim) was fatally injured when he fell approximately 15 feet from the platform of a manual electric vertical hydraulic lift while placing a generator onto a shelf. The force from pushing the generator from the lift platform to the shelf was great enough to tip the lift, which landed partially upright against an adjacent row of shelving. The victim was not wearing the available company-required fall protection equipment, which consisted of a body harness and lanyard. The co-worker who found the victim went to get help and placed a call for emergency assistance. The local police and fire departments arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital. He was then moved to a larger hospital in a nearby city where he was pronounced dead. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Match new equipment to the tasks before implementing it into daily activities. 2. Develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for new equipment before introducing the equipment into daily activities. 3. Train all employees in the proper and safe use of equipment and how to complete tasks. In addition, manufacturers of vertical lifts should: 4. Inform purchasers and operators of the potential tipping hazard of narrow lifts.
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; Equipment-operators; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Warehousing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MA003; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division