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Equipment operator struck and killed by skidder - South Carolina, April 8, 1993.
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 93-16, 1993 Jul; :1-5
A 28 year old male equipment operator died of injuries received when he was struck by a skidder machine he had been operating. The victim was part of a four man crew involved in cutting trees and moving logs from the cutting area to another site. The employer was a small logging company in operation for 12 years, employing three workers. The victim had worked for 4 months as a skidder operator and had about 8 years experience in this occupation. The task was to clear cut an area of mixed timber. The victim drove the skidder to a previous cutting site and soon returned pulling a number of logs into the loading area which had a slope of less than 5%. He unhooked the logs and drove away. As he drove the skidder around the loader, he ran over two logs on the ground. Apparently the victim lost his balance and was thrown out of the skidder. He was struck and run over by the left rear tire. It is recommended that seat belts be provided and used on all mobile equipment, and that a written safety program be developed and enforced.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-93-16; Logging-workers; Accident-analysis; Equipment-operators; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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