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Equipment operator struck and killed by road grader - Virginia, September 4, 1992.
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 92-40, 1993 Mar; :1-5
This report concerned the death of a 52 year old male equipment operator who died after falling from and being struck and run over by a road grader. The victim and his son had begun work at a private residence to grade and pave an 800 foot long driveway. They had worked at the site for 2 and a half days. On the day of the accident, the victim worked on the ditch as his son walked around a curve toward the residence out of direct sight of the grader. After about a half hour the son noticed that the grader was idling and seemed to be in a stationary position. As he walked back toward the grader he saw his father pinned under the left rear wheel. Apparently the victim had been thrown out of the grader when the blade dug into the ground. He had been observed frequently operating the grader from a standing position which did allow a less obstructed view of the blade. It was recommended that workers use the safety features incorporated into the design of their equipment, that employers clearly communicate to workers the tasks they are to perform, and that a written safety program be developed and adhered to.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-92-40; Region-3; Road-surfacing; Road-construction; Accident-analysis; Equipment-operators; Construction-Search
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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