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A switchman for a railcar manufacturer died when he was caught between a pole and the railcar he was riding on.

NIOSH 1999 Jul; :1-6
On January 4, 1999, a 32-year-old male switchman died when he was caught between a railcar and a pole. The switchman was riding on the side of the lead railcar being pushed by a trac-mobile toward other railcars on the track. He was responsible for telling the operator of the trac-mobile how close they were to the other railcars. The victim was riding on the ladder of the lead railcar. Company policy was to walk alongside the railcars and not ride them. Poles had been placed in-between sets of tracks which were used for fall protection by workers when they were working on top of the railcars. Since it was dark and there was no lighting, the victim did not see one of the poles. There was a 7 1/2 inch clearance between the pole and the railcar. The victim was caught between the pole and the railcar. The TX FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Install adequate lighting in the area designated as the no ride area. 2. Install concrete walkways between the sets of railroad tracks in the area designated as the no ride area.
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; Railroad-industry; Railroads; Railroad-rails; Lighting; Lighting-systems
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99TX058; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission