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Sanitation worker runover after falling from trash collection vehicle - Virginia, February 14, 1994.
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 94-11, 1994 Jul; :1-6
A sanitation worker died when he fell from the loading step of a trash collection vehicle, and the vehicle ran over him. The 41 year old man had been employed as a sanitation worker by the city for 23 years. The victim was assigned to accompany a coworker who was driving on curbside pickups using a side loading trash collection vehicle. Normally this vehicle was operated by one worker who drives and also loads each pickup. As the vehicle was late starting out, both men were assigned to make up lost time. As the vehicle moved from one stop to the next, the driver looked in the rear view mirrors to ascertain that the victim was securely on the riding step. A homeowner observed that the victim had slipped from the step and fell to the pavement. He landed with his head in front of the right real wheel. The homeowner yelled a warning to the driver who applied the brakes, but the vehicle struck and ran over the victim's head before the driver could stop. It was recommended that trash collectors be prohibited from riding on the loading steps of trash collection vehicles, that employers consider equipping vehicles with safety devices designed to warn the driver when riders have left the steps of the vehicles, and that vehicles be equipped with extended fenders or additional body panels to reduce the likelihood of workers landing in the path of the wheels in the event of a fall.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-94-11; Head-injuries; Accident-analysis; Equipment-operators; Traumatic-injuries; Waste-disposal; Sanitation-engineering
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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