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A backhoe operator died when his backhoe pinned him against a retaining wall.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2005 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20029324
Abstract
A 38-year-old Hispanic equipment operator died when he was pinned against a retaining wall by the front bucket of his backhoe after he got off it to unload the front bucket with a shovel. The victim had set the backhoe brake, but the brake failed to hold the backhoe in place. The backhoe was on an incline, and the wheels were not chocked to hold the backhoe in place. The victim had a load of rock and gravel in the backhoe bucket that he had elevated before he got off the backhoe. 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 lower the loader and backhoe buckets to the ground when parking a backhoe unattended on an incline. 2. Ensure employees block and/or chock the backhoe wheels when parked unattended on an incline. 3. Ensure employees are trained on equipment operation and safety, and their achievement of skills is verified through a testing program.
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; Equipment-operators; Training; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
Publication Date
20051201
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
PB2006-106732
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-05CA001; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-23
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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