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Trash collector dies after being caught in compactor of refuse vehicle - North Carolina, November 3, 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 96-03, 1996 Apr; :1-8
A 47 year old man who worked for a small refuse collection business died as a result of being caught and pinned by the compactor plate in a refuse collection truck. The victim and a coworker were riding the route together, so that the coworker might learn the route. The victim was driving the vehicle. The coworker worked the curb side of the vehicle. In order to gain additional space in the truck, the victim turned on the switch to advance the platen into the compactor body, beyond the normal automatic stroke. He then entered the hopper, apparently to remove some debris, but accidentally activated the platen return switch, causing the platen to retract suddenly, pinning him. The coworker immediately threw the shut down switch and called for help. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene due to crushing injuries. It is recommended that employers ensure that their workers are following appropriate hazardous energy control procedures including lockout and tagout operations, that workers are familiar with all the features of the equipment they are using, that manufacturers of automatically operated equipment consider installing redundant safety features, and that all equipment be checked on delivery so that it is certain to be operating correctly.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-96-03; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design; Waste-disposal; Traumatic-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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