Sanitation worker run over at solid waste transfer station - Virginia, June 2, 1995.
NIOSH 1995 Sep; :1-8
This report concerned the death of a 53 year old male county garage service worker who was run over by a backing front end loader while flagging refuse collection trucks at a solid waste transfer station. The station employed 135 workers. The victim was one of four employees assigned to flag traffic, on a rotating basis, and had worked for this station for 4 years. The transfer station consisted of a 178 foot by 123 foot maneuvering apron located in front of a steel and brick building containing a ten bay tipping floor, administrative offices and a scale house. Refuse was transferred from both county and privately owned collection vehicles. While backing out of the building, the operator of a front end loader checked the rear of his machine with the right and left mirrors first, and then proceeded to move backward, running over the victim. The victim died of multiple severe injuries. Recommendations include the equipping of mobile equipment with well maintained audible backup alarms to warn pedestrians of impending equipment movement, that work procedures minimize or eliminate pedestrian exposure to hazards from moving equipment, that consideration be given to the use of sensing units to detect and warn mobile equipment operators of the presence of pedestrians in blind spots of mobile equipment, and that consideration be given to providing personal audible alarms to pedestrian workers exposed to hazards of vehicle movement.
NIOSH-Author; Region-3; FACE-95-11; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Waste-disposal
Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, Report Number FACE-95-11, 8 pages