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A mechanic dies when he is crushed by the hydraulic arm of a recyclable refuse collection truck.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 10CA005, 2011 Feb; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20040838
Abstract
A truck mechanic died from injuries received when he was crushed by a hydraulic arm on a recyclable refuse collection truck. The victim was troubleshooting an operational malfunction reported by the truck operator and placed himself between the hydraulic mechanism and the collection bin mounted on the front of the truck. The hydraulic mechanism activated and retracted, crushing the victim. The hydraulic arm and related components were purchased by the employer seven months prior to the incident. The specific training from the manufacturer on operations and servicing had not yet been given to the victim. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, mechanics that troubleshoot equipment malfunctions should: 1. Stay out of the pinch points of energized mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic devices. 2. Receive specific training from the vendor or manufacturer on the equipment on which they will be performing maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.
Keywords
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Mechanics; Automobile-repair-shops; Hydraulic-equipment; Training
Publication Date
20110203
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
PB2012-110744
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-10CA005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
SIC Code
NAICS-56
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
CA
Performing Organization
Public Health Institute
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