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A laborer dies when struck by a packer panel in the hopper of a rear-loading trash truck.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2004 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20027342
Abstract
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.
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; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
Publication Date
20041203
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-102735
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-04CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-22
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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