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Foreman dies when struck by front end loader at a Massachusetts scrap metal recycling plant.

NIOSH 1996 Nov; :1-4
On July 28, 1995, a 31 year old male recycling plant foreman died when he was run over and crushed by a front end loader. In the yard outside the plant at the time of the incident, the victim was struck by the loader when its brakes failed as it backed down an incline after depositing cans into a hopper for processing. Having seen the victim behind the loader moments earlier, the operator of the loader exited the cab to be sure the victim was unharmed. Finding the victim lying between the left front and rear wheels of the loader, the operator ran into the plant and called for help. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by the medical examiner and transported by a funeral home to the regional medical examining facility. The MA FACE Program Field Investigator concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all defective vehicles be removed from service until repaired. 2. Ensure that only trained employees operate all vehicles. 3. Design, develop and implement a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to analysis and control of vehicle related hazards through use of a daily checklist.
Region-1; 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-reliability; Training; Equipment-operators; Supervisory-personnel
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MA026; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Health