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Skid-steer loader operator dies after backing loader off six-foot retaining wall.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1997 Mar; :1-3
NIOSHTIC No.
20026257
Abstract
A 43-year-old skid-steer loader operator died after he backed off of a six-foot retaining wall. The victim was spreading top soil over an area in preparation for grass seeding. He had made numerous passes with the loader, back-dragging the bucket from the wall and up the slope. When he approached the end of the area being prepared, it appears he turned the skid-loader around and backed toward the wall, dragging his bucket. The skid-loader approached and backed over the wall. The loader struck the ground below and rolled to its side. The victim remained inside the cab but apparently was knocked unconscious and became wedged between the seat and the side screen. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should incorporate the following recommendations into their safety and health plans: 1. ensure that all equipment operators wear seat belts while operating equipment equipped with roll-over protective structures; 2. ensure that all interlock safety devices are functional and in good working condition before any operation of the vehicle; 3. develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in hazard recognition and avoidance.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Drivers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Equipment-operators; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Lawn-and-garden-equipment
Publication Date
19970320
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-110251
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-96MO082; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO
Performing Organization
Missouri Department of Health
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