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Trash collector dies after being crushed by collection truck - Virginia, July 15, 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 92-31, 1993 Mar; :1-6
A 52 year old male trash collector died after being crushed when a trash collection vehicle ran over him at the town landfill. He was employed by a small municipality. At the time of the accident the victim and two coworkers were dumping the afternoon's collections at the landfill. The driver turned and backed into the active working face. The victim and other trash collector prepared the truck's dump body for discharge. After the load was dumped, the driver pulled forward, clearing the working face. The victim and coworker checked the truck's dump body to note if the load was fully discharged and secured the turnbuckles. One trash collector entered the cab, while the victim rode on the riding step. After the driver had parked the truck, the victim was found lying in front of the truck. While the accident was not witnessed, apparently the truck backed over the victim. It was recommended that municipalities and employers develop and strictly enforce policies prohibiting trash collectors from riding on the rear of trash collection vehicles when not on the collection route.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-92-31; Region-3; Sanitation; Accident-analysis; Waste-disposal; Traumatic-injuries; Motor-vehicles
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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