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Front-end loader operator dies when crushed between the front bucket of the loader and a low-boy trailer at a cattle feed lot in Texas.

NIOSH 1998 Aug; :1-4
On December 17, 1997, a 44-year-old front-end loader operator (the victim) died after he was crushed between the bucket of a front-end loader and a low-boy trailer. The victim and five coworkers were preparing to unload pipe off of a low-boy trailer. The victim, operating a front-end loader, had been instructed by the job superintendent to remain in the loader's cab while coworkers went to retrieve small pieces of pipe. The small pieces of pipe were going to be used to brace the larger pieces of pipe stacked on the trailer once the chains securing them were released. As the coworkers were walking to the storage area, the victim exited the cab of the front-end loader and walked in front of the raised bucket. He was facing the trailer when the loader drifted forward and pinned him between the loader's bucket and the pipe on the trailer. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Establish procedures that will ensure that mobile equipment such as front-end loaders are blocked to prevent movement when the operator is not in the cab; 2. Perform a job safety analysis (JSA) for tasks which lack specific instructions; 3. Develop a system of successively heavier penalties for violation of safe work practices; 4. Develop in depth training outlines for operation of mobile equipment such as front-end loaders, which include the various cautions stated in the operators manual.
Region-6; 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; Equipment-operators; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98TX004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Texas Workers' Compensation Commission