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Truck driver electrocuted while unloading concrete blocks in North Carolina.

Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 85-19, 1985 Jun; :1-5
A case study of a truck driver electrocuted while unloading concrete blocks was examined. On the afternoon of the accident, the victim had two deliveries to make, one to a building supply mart and one to a construction site. The victim arrived at the building supply mart and proceeded to unload the four bundles with a crane mounted on the truck bed. The victim did not use the right outrigger that would have prevented the truck from tipping during unloading. The last bundle of blocks was being unloaded and the tip of the crane was approximately 12 inches from a 9,000 Volt (V) power line. The driver attempted to swing and guide the forks with the left hand and while holding the control pendant with the right hand, the truck tipped to the right, allowing the boom to contact the 9,000V line, electrocuting the driver. Approximately 35 minutes after the victim arrived at the building supply mart, the store manager noticed the delivery truck was present with the engine running. The manager went to check on the delivery and found the driver lying on the ground unresponsive. The manager called for the emergency squad, and while awaiting their arrival, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. The authors recommended that employers should enforce existing regulations concerning crane operations. Employers should provide adequate training to employees in the recognition, appreciation, and avoidance of hazards and should ensure that employees are proficient in assigned tasks. Employers should also develop written safety policies and procedures and these policies should be enforced.
NIOSH-Author; Truck-drivers; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-exposures; Accident-potential; Workplace-studies; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Industrial-hazards; Industrial-environment; Safety-measures; Region-4; FACE-85-19
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