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Operating engineer is crushed by a backhoe attachment when it disconnects from its tractor in California.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1997 Jun; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20027153
Abstract
A 25-year old operating engineer (decedent) died when he was crushed between the grab bar of a backhoe attachment and the Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) of a skid steer loader (small tractor). When the backhoe attachment disconnected during a test of the equipment, the decedent was thrown forward onto the left side operating stick. Pushing this stick forward caused the boom to move down and the attachment to come further into the cab of the tractor. The left side grab bar pinned the decedent against the ROPS, crushing his chest. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. develop written instructions for investigating equipment problems. 2. establish and implement company equipment inspection procedures that focus on the safety of the equipment. 3. Additionally, manufacturers should provide instructions to the maintenance department of their dealerships for determining the safe wear tolerances of attachment connections.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Training; Occupational-safety-programs; Maintenance-workers; Equipment-operators
Publication Date
19970602
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-112048
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-97CA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-48
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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