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Apprentice lineman killed when caught in trencher.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1999 Jan; :1-11
NIOSHTIC No.
20026921
Abstract
A 26-year-old apprentice lineman was killed when he was caught in a trencher. The apprentice (the victim) was removing a small berm by shoveling it back into a partially dug trench. The incident was not witnessed. It was surmised that the victim either lost his balance and fell toward the active machinery or the digging chain caught his clothing and pulled him into the trench. An electrical engineer and an inspector (the witnesses) standing at the opposite end of the trench noticed a rapid movement and something bright thrown in the air (the victimís hard hat) near the trencher. They immediately called to the operator. The trencher was stopped and moved away from the trench. Co-workers went into the trench to locate the victim as one of the witnesses called on his cellular phone for emergency assistance. The victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene. Based on the findings of the investigation, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure appropriate trencher attachments are used; 2. Ensure workers maintain a minimum 10-foot safety zone around an active digging chain and conform to all safe work practices for machines; 3. Ensure that a job safety analysis has been performed on all work-related tasks. Additionally, owners of early model trenching equipment should consider installing safety placards that illustrate dangers associated with an active trencher.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Training; Machine-operators; Equipment-operators; Electrical-workers
Publication Date
19990111
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
PB2011-100741
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-98AK023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
AK
Performing Organization
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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