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TX laborer for a general contractor in Texas died when the personnel lift he was standing in fell over and he struck his head on a concrete floor.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 98TX236, 1998 Nov; :1-4
A 32-year-old male laborer for a general contractor died, when his head struck a concrete floor after the personnel lift he was standing in fell over. The victim and two coworkers were dismantling metal shelving at a height of twenty feet. A personnel lift was used to lower the vertical supports. The victim and coworkers positioned the lift next to the shelves. Since the outriggers were not available, one coworker held onto the lift to steady it. The victim then climbed into the basket and raised himself up. The victim and coworkers then started to dismantle the metal shelves. While the victim held onto the shelves, the shelves suddenly twisted, causing him to lose his balance. The resulting weight shift caused the personnel lift to topple over while the victim was still in the work basket. The victim fell approximately 11 feet and struck his head on the concrete floor. EMS personnel arrived at 11:57 a.m. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was immediately transferred by Care Flight to another hospital. The medical examiner pronounced him dead at 15:15 p.m. The TX FACE Investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees follow the manufacturer's instructions when the personnel lift is used in the work environment. 2. Periodically inspect equipment that is available for use by employees and remove from service that equipment which is not in good condition or missing pieces that are required for safe operation. 3. Develop an in-depth training outline for the personnel lift including all relevant cautions stated in the operator's manual and incorporate into initial and refresher training. 4. Develop a system of successively heavier penalties for violation of safe work practices.
Region-6; 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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX236; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division