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Plumbing supply warehouse worker dies in a fall from a raised order picker - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 08MA026, 2010 Mar; :1-7
On May 29, 2008 a 53-year-old male warehouse worker (victim) for a plumbing supply company was fatally injured when he fell from a raised order picker he was operating. The victim was accessing a toilet located on a top section of shelving when he fell approximately 16 feet from the raised order picker onto the concrete floor below. A co-worker discovered the victim and ran to the office area where another co-worker called for emergency medical services (EMS). EMS and the local police department arrived within minutes. The victim was then 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.) Ensure warehouse management systems require heavy items to be stored on lower shelves that are clearly labeled; 2.) Ensure that fall protection equipment is worn by employees exposed to fall hazards; 3.) Adopt and enforce a mandatory tie-off / no unhook policy for order picker operators; 4.) Provide employees comprehensive training on powered industrial trucks; 5.) Ensure that employees operating order pickers have a state required hoisting license; and 6.) Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety and health program that includes topics such as powered industrial trucks and fall protection.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Equipment-operators; Industrial-education; Industrial-environment; Industrial-hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warning-signs; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MA026; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division