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Truck driver dies after being struck by log that fell from logging truck - North Carolina, February 7, 1995.

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 95-08, 1995 Apr; :1-6
A 54 year old male truck driver was killed when a 35 foot long black pine log fell from the side of his logging truck and struck him as he was watching the truck being loaded. He was employed by a logging company which was logging a 50 acre tract of privately owned land. On the morning of the accident the victim had delivered several loads of logs to a processing facility. After driving his truck onto the loading deck, he dismounted and moved to an area 25 to 30 feet away to watch the loading operation. Near the end of the loading operation, the victim asked the loader to remove a piece of wire and a few limbs from the top of the load. The victim apparently was walking to his employer to get wire cutters. As the loader operator began removing the limbs as requested, a limb twisted, causing the log to buck and kick a 35 foot log over the trailer standards and cause the end of a longer log to fall to the ground, landing on top of the victim, who was 8 to 10 feet from the truck. He died of blunt force trauma to the head. Recommendations were made that log truck drivers and other workers stay clear of loading operations until the loads are stabilized; that a written safety program be designed which includes worker training in hazard identification, avoidance, and abatement; that employers designate a competent person to conduct regular safety inspections; and that employers encourage workers to actively participate in workplace safety.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-95-08; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Logging-workers; Truck-drivers; Forestry-workers; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
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