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Bulldozer owner/operator dies when thrown off bulldozer track.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2003 Sep; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20026430
Abstract
On June 19, 2003, a 58-year-old bulldozer owner/operator (decedent) died when he was thrown off the track of his bulldozer. The bulldozer owner/operator and a laborer were having difficulty starting the bulldozer. Together, the two men had tried several different methods to start the bulldozer including: spraying ether into the air chamber, having the battery recharged, replacing the battery cables with new ones and tightening wires to the starter. They worked from the left side track of the bulldozer. The laborer sat towards the front of the track tightening the wires to the starter while the owner stood on the track to the right of the laborer three to four feet away. As the laborer tightened the main lead wire to the starter, the owner stood on the track, leaned into the cab of the bulldozer and pushed the start button. The two men did not realize the dozer was in reverse gear. When the owner pushed the button, the bulldozer jumped backward, throwing the laborer off the side of the bulldozer track and throwing the owner underneath the track. The owner died at the scene from massive injuries to his pelvis and chest. To prevent future occurrences of similar incidents, the following recommendations have been made: 1. Always start bulldozers and other heavy equipment from the cab with the seatbelt fastened. 2. Self-employed company owners should take continuing education courses including equipment maintenance and troubleshooting techniques. 3. Do not sit or stand on parts of bulldozers or other heavy equipment not intended for human occupancy.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Region-4; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-belts; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Author Keywords: Bulldozer; Ether; Tracks; Troubleshooting; Grading
Publication Date
20030918
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-114010
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-03KY049; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
KY
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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