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Tree trimmer foreman dies after being struck by a pickup truck - South Carolina, February 21, 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 94-07, 1994 Sep; :1-6
A 21 year old male tree trimmer foreman was struck by a pickup truck while feeding brush into a chipper attached to the rear of a truck. He was employed by a tree trimming company with 4,000 workers. The company had been contracted by a local utility to clear a powerline right of way in a wooded area near a power generation facility. The two man crew had been at the site for 2 days. The victim and a climber were cleaning up the remaining brush that had been cut in the woods and carrying it to the wood chipper which was parked along side the highway. The chipper and a truck were located about 4 feet off the side of the highway. All the required safety cones were in place and appropriate safety signs were also posted. As the victim was loading brush into the chipper, a pickup truck slammed into the chipper, killing the victim instantly. All the safety cones had been run over and there were no braking skid marks on the dry road. The wood chipper had been torn away from the truck and was destroyed and the company truck had moved forward 8 feet. The pickup was estimated to have been traveling 55 miles per hour at the time of the impact. The driver of the pickup had no recollection of the accident at all. It was recommended that a flagman or lookout be present while work is being performed on the sides of roadways normally open to the public. Workers should wear high visibility clothing while working on the sides of roadways.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-94-07; Accident-analysis; Safety-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-research; Work-practices; Motor-vehicles
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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