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Hispanic carpenter's helper dies after crane boom fell on him during disassembly - North Carolina.

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 2006-01, 2006 Dec; :1-12
On January 30, 2006, a 37-year-old male Hispanic carpenter's helper (the victim) was fatally injured while assisting in disassembling a lattice boom on a truck-mounted crane. The crane operator and the victim were working together removing pins that secured the 40-foot center section to the base boom section. After dislodging the second bottom pin, the boom hinged on the top two pins and fell on the victim's back pinning him to the ground. The supervisor summoned a coworker who contacted 911 and company managers immediately. A hydraulic crane located nearby was brought to the site and used to lift the boom off of the victim. Approximately 5 minutes after receiving the 911 call, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel arrived and extricated the victim. They attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful. EMS personnel notified the EMS medical director of the victim's condition, and resuscitation efforts were suspended. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes after the incident. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that manufacturer's safety recommendations for proper blocking and support procedures to prevent movement of the boom sections are implemented when disassembling cranes; 2. ensure that all workers assigned to disassemble or assist in disassembling cranes are trained on correct procedures, using a language and literacy level that workers can understand, so that they can recognize the hazards of improper disassembly sequences; 3. ensure that pre-work safety meetings are conducted each day to discuss the work to be performed, identify the potential safety hazards, and implement safe work procedures to control the hazards.
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