Operating engineer is crushed by a backhoe attachment when it disconnects from its tractor in California.
NIOSH 1997 Jun; :1-4
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.
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
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute