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Snow plow driver dies when caught in auger of salt spreader.

NIOSH 2006 Aug; :1-7
On December 20, 2004, a 55-year-old truck driver (the victim) died after his clothing became entwined around a rotary auger that was used to move salt in the back of a dump truck to a spreader. He was alone, operating a snowplow Ford F550 dump truck with a hydraulically operated Swenson salt spreading attachment, at the time of the incident. He was found by a co-worker who was returning with his truck to the dispatch yard. The co-worker found the victim inside the box of the truck with the victim's arm caught up in the auger. The co-worker called 911 at 3:46 p.m. The paramedics responded and listed the time of death at 3:55 p.m. The medical examiner declared the victim dead at 5:15 p.m. The victim was removed from the auger by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and it was observed that the victim's right sleeve had been caught on one of the auger's teeth. The victim was transported to the medical examiners morgue. The FACE investigator concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. implement an effective Lockout Tagout program that identifies and addresses the hazards associated with rotary machine parts and includes all the manufacturer's recommendations for safe machine handling; 2. contact the manufacturer to determine whether rotating machine components can be completely shielded to prevent worker contact with moving machine parts; and, 3. ensure that workers are trained to recognize the hazards associated with working near or around exposed rotating machine parts.
Region-5; 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; Safety-programs; Equipment-operators; Training; Machine-guarding; Machine-operators; Machine-operation; Truck-drivers; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04WI093; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services