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Temporary mill worker killed in fall down manlift shaft.

Oregon Department of Human Services
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 07OR057, 2010 Sep; :1-6
On December 21, 2007, a 56-year-old clean-up worker at a food mill was killed when he fell into a manlift shaft. The worker apparently tripped or misjudged the handhold on a continuously running manlift in the mill that carried workers up and down between floors. He fell through the 2x2½-foot floor opening onto a crossbeam and was struck continuously by one of the manlift steps, which was unable to pass by him. The worker was employed through a temporary agency and was on the job 2 weeks. He was a native Spanish speaker with very limited proficiency in English, which made communication difficult. The victim had a visual impairment, which may have been a contributing factor in the fall. Recommendations: 1.) Workers must follow safe procedures when using a manlift. 2.) Employers must ensure workers understand safe procedures and demonstrate competence using a manlift, and are physically capable to use a manlift safely. 3.) Employers should have the capacity to train and supervise foreign-born workers in a language they understand. 4.) Employers should update manlift equipment to meet current safety standards. 5.) Employers must ensure landing surfaces for manlifts are clear and provide safe footing.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Brain-damage; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-safety-programs Racial-factors; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Vision-disorders; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Falls; Manufacturing; Hispanic
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07OR057; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008472
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Services, Portland, Oregon
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