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A heavy equipment spotter died when he was backed over by a front-end loader inside a trash collection transfer station.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2002 Sep; :1-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20027290
Abstract
A 59 year-old male, working as a spotter for heavy equipment inside a trash collection transfer station, died a month after being backed over by a front-end loader. He was directing and controlling traffic and designating dumping areas on the floor inside the structure at the time of the incident. The operator of the front-end loader stated he did not see or hear the victim immediately prior to the incident. He said he last spoke to the victim approximately 2-3 minutes before the incident. The standard operating procedure was to not operate the heavy equipment within 15 feet of spotters, other pedestrians or vehicles. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Remove all spotters from the floor of transfer stations. 2. Consider using radios to supplement eye contact when communication is needed between the heavy equipment operator, truck drivers, and the spotter. 3. Consider using additional safety devices for heavy equipment to warn workers of a backing vehicle and to warn drivers when someone is in their blind spot.
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; Equipment-operators; Drivers; Truck-drivers; Warning-devices; Warning-signals; Warning-systems
Publication Date
20020904
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-111176
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-01CA012; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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