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Temporary Hispanic laborer dies after being struck by a turning devices at a concrete product manufacturing facility - 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 02MA016, 2004 Jul; :1-6
On June 27, 2002, a 30-year-old male temporary worker was fatally injured at a concrete casting facility where he was assigned to work. The victim was hired as a laborer to help with the manufacturing of concrete products. While assisting with the removal of a 1,000-gallon concrete septic system tank from its form, the victim was struck in the head and back by the boom section of a steel turning device. The boom section of the turning device slipped off of the tines of the forklift that was supporting it. Two co-workers including the forklift operator lifted the boom off of the victim as a third co-worker placed a call for emergency assistance. Within minutes, representatives from the local police and fire departments arrived on site. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Develop a locking mechanism to ensure that concrete casting turning devices used with forklifts are securely attached to the tines. 2. Provide barrier guards to ensure that all employees are safe from possible hazards while completing tasks. 3. Establish written procedures for rotating concrete castings. 4. Consider using an overhead crane system for rotating concrete castings. 5. Ensure that workers employed through temporary agencies are provided site and task specific safety and health training. 6. Ensure that workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend safety training for their assigned tasks.
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; Cement-industry; Stone-products
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MA016; 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