Hydraulic hammer rollover crushes operator.
NIOSH 1995 Nov; :1-3
A 61 year-old male machine operator was fatally injured when a hydraulic hammer overturned on him. The victim was driving the hydraulic hammer down a paved street with a 10-degree incline. Part of the way down the hill, the hydro hammer traveled off the left side of the road onto an inclined embankment, striking some small trees. The hydraulic hammer rolled over landing upside down. The victim was pinned underneath the hydraulic hammer and sustained fatal injuries. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers should consider retrofitting older equipment with rollover protection system (ROPS). 2. Equipment manufacturers should consider designing ballast for equipment (such as a Hydraulic Hammer) which has a substantial weight imbalance.
Region-7; 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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-construction
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor