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Public-utility foreman dies after being struck against the protective cab of a tractor - Virginia, December 21, 1995.

NIOSH 1996 Apr; :1-6
This report concerned the death of a 62 year old male public utility foreman working for a company which was in the second year of a contract to clear brush and weeds from the area around a settling pond at a foundry complex. The rectangular pond covered about 2 acres in size. The crew, on which the victim was working, was cutting brush with a chain saw, and weeds and grass with a tractor pulling a brush hog. The brush hog was equipped with two heavy duty cutting blades which produced a 6 foot wide cut. The victim was removing brush on the bank of the pond and had a rope tied around his waist which was being held by his coworker. The victim called to his helper to assist him with the chain saw. Leaving the rope on the ground, the helper went to the victim to assist him. At about that time the spotter for the tractor came upon several gas cans in the path that the tractor was cutting, and he began removing these cans to a refuse truck. The tractor driver continued cutting and ran over the rope lying in the grass. The victim was jerked up the bank and into the air toward the tractor, striking the metal cab enclosure of the tractor head first. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple trauma. It is recommended that a reevaluation be made of employees working in the proximity to operating equipment, that operators stop equipment when their spotters are out of sight, that full body harnesses be worn when tied off, and that unscheduled safety checks be made at all job sites.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-96-09; Accident-analysis; Equipment-operators; Safety-equipment; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
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Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report No. FACE-96-09, 6 pages