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A facility maintenance mechanic died when crushed between an overhead bridge crane and light fixture.

Public Health Institute
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 05CA011, 2006 Jul; :1-8
A 50-year-old Hispanic male working as a facility maintenance mechanic, died when he was crushed between an overhead gantry crane and a light fixture. According to the victim's supervisor, the victim went to the roof of a building before informing him of his intent. The victim did not implement the company's lockout/tagout program before going onto the roof. The victim was leaning over the gantry crane rail on the open roof when the gantry crane moved and struck him. The crane operator was watching the load he was moving and not aware of the victim's position on the roof when he moved the crane. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure employees receive specific safety training on hazardous work areas and conditions such as access to roofs and working near operating gantry cranes. 2. Ensure employees implement the company's lockout/tagout program prior to performing tasks where there is a potential for exposure to hazardous energy. 3. Develop and implement a communication program that alerts supervisors of the whereabouts of employees when their job or location changes. In addition, companies might consider installing devices on the gantry cranes that sense obstructions on the crane's tracks.
Region-9; 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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05CA011; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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