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Boat handler is fatally crushed while placing wooden blocks under a partially supported boat - 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 01MA037, 2003 Jul; :1-8
On October 25, 2001, a 35-year-old male boat handler (the victim) was fatally injured when he was crushed underneath a 33-foot vessel. The victim was part of a marina yard crew using a hydraulic trailer to haul boats out of the water for the winter season. The boat involved in the incident had been removed from the trailer and placed onto boat stands, which were designed to stabilize but not completely support the boat's weight. The victim crawled under the boat in an attempt to add wooden blocks at the rear of the boat's keel to support the boat's weight, when the boat fell on him and crushed him. A resident from across the street placed a call for emergency assistance and personnel from the local police and fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) responded to the scene within minutes. OSHA and the medical examiner's office were then also contacted and responded to the scene a short time later. The medical examiner pronounced the victim dead at the incident site. The Massachusetts FACE Project concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure that employees inspect how the boat is sitting on the boat trailer before completely hauling the boat out of the water. 2. Establish and enforce standard operating procedures (SOP) for hauling boats and storing them out of the water. 3. Ensure that boats are stored on stable ground. 4. Establish and enforce a comprehensive health and safety program, including but not limited to, providing training for boat handlers on hazard recognition and safe work practices for assigned tasks. 5. Develop a health and safety committee that includes worker participation and meets regularly.
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; Health-programs; Safety-programs; Marine-workers; Dockworkers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01MA037; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division