A laborer dies when struck by a packer panel in the hopper of a rear-loading trash truck.
NIOSH 2004 Dec; :1-4
A 19-year-old male laborer died when he reached inside the hopper of the trash truck while it was cycling the trash. The co-worker who was operating the controls of the trash truck stated he was looking away for a moment to observe the traffic in the area and when he looked back he saw the victim reaching into the hopper. The co-worker’s reaction was not quick enough to stop the packer panel before it made contact with the victim. 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. Ensure employees do not reach into the hopper of trash trucks when they are cycling. 2. Ensure employees that are operating the trash truck compaction controls constantly monitor the compaction process.
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; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute