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Asphalt milling superintendent crushed under asphalt milling machine - Virginia, August 5, 1994.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1994 Dec; :1-7
NIOSHTIC No.
00224653
Abstract
This report concerned the death of a 40 year old male asphalt milling superintendent who was crushed when the asphalt milling machine he was operating overturned off a transporter trailer. The employer was a highway construction company employing 120 workers, approximately 40 of whom were seasonal. The victim had 7 years of experience operating asphalt milling machines. The victim and two coworkers had just milled a section of interstate highway and were loading the asphalt milling machine for transport from the job site. As the victim trammed the machine up on to the transporter, wooden ramps being used to elevate the rear end of the machine over the transporter wheels dislodged, and the machine overturned off the transporter into a roadside culvert. The victim was trapped in the operator's station and crushed as the machine rolled on top of him. The victim was pronounced dead at the site. The cause of death was crush injuries to the chest. Recommendations were made that equipment used for loading mobile machines be configured so that precise alignment of the machine is not critical to the safety of the operation, that equipment designers and manufacturers should consider providing control station layouts that use dissimilar shaped control levers for differing functions, and that machine operator visibility be considered when designing equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; FACE-94-18; Region-3; Accident-analysis; Safety-practices; Road-construction; Equipment-operators; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-Search
Publication Date
19941205
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-189783
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-94-18
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-94-18, 7 pages
State
VA; WV
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