Hispanic Laborer Crushed Between Lift Arms and Frame of Skid-steer Loader
New Jersey Case Report: 12NJ010
Release Date: August 20, 2013
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A 34-year-old Hispanic male laborer at a snow removal company died after being crushed between the lift arms and the chassis of a small skid-steer loader at a maintenance/storage yard. On the day of the incident, the decedent was attempting to repair the pedal of the skid-steer loader that controls the raising and lowering of the lift arms. In order to access the pedal for repairs, the victim attached a three-ton overhead chain hoist to the skid-steer loader to lift the bucket. As he was repairing the pedal, the bucket/lift arms came free of the hoist, dropped down, and crushed the victim.