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Truck driver dies after being struck by log that fell from logging truck - North Carolina, February 7, 1995.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1995 Apr; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
00227188
Abstract
A 54 year old male truck driver was killed when a 35 foot long black pine log fell from the side of his logging truck and struck him as he was watching the truck being loaded. He was employed by a logging company which was logging a 50 acre tract of privately owned land. On the morning of the accident the victim had delivered several loads of logs to a processing facility. After driving his truck onto the loading deck, he dismounted and moved to an area 25 to 30 feet away to watch the loading operation. Near the end of the loading operation, the victim asked the loader to remove a piece of wire and a few limbs from the top of the load. The victim apparently was walking to his employer to get wire cutters. As the loader operator began removing the limbs as requested, a limb twisted, causing the log to buck and kick a 35 foot log over the trailer standards and cause the end of a longer log to fall to the ground, landing on top of the victim, who was 8 to 10 feet from the truck. He died of blunt force trauma to the head. Recommendations were made that log truck drivers and other workers stay clear of loading operations until the loads are stabilized; that a written safety program be designed which includes worker training in hazard identification, avoidance, and abatement; that employers designate a competent person to conduct regular safety inspections; and that employers encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-95-08; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Logging-workers; Truck-drivers; Forestry-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
Publication Date
19950424
Document Type
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-241105
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-95-08
NIOSH Division
DSR
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-95-08, 6 pages
State
NC; WV
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