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A 17-year-old Hispanic laborer died when crushed by concrete and stone castings.

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 05CA005, 2005 Nov; :1-5
A 17-year-old Hispanic laborer died when he was crushed by stacked pallets of stone and concrete castings that were being cured in an oven. The victim was guiding a forklift with a pallet of concrete and stone castings into place when other stacked pallets collapsed on him. The victim was unable to get out of the way in time. The pallets being used were not strong enough to carry the weight of the castings being stacked for curing. The victim was originally reported as being 21-year-old worker, but when the death certificate was obtained, it listed his correct age. 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 use pallets that will support the weight of the castings being stored. 2. Ensure employees are trained in safe work practices, and that their achievements of skills are verified through a testing program. In addition, employers should: 3. Establish work policies that comply with employment standards for youth less than 18 years of age in nonagricultural occupations.
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; Protective-measures; Training; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Age-factors; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Work-operations
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05CA005; 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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