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Hispanic dump-truck driver dies after being caught between frame and dump body of off-road truck while performing routine lubrication - Tennessee.

Higgens DN
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 2002-08, 2002 Dec; :1-9
On June 24, 2002, a 21-year-old Hispanic dump-truck driver (the victim) died after being caught between the frame and dump body of an off-road dump truck while performing routine lubrication. The victim was working for an excavation contractor at a landfill expansion site on the day of the incident. The victim's foreman drove by the area where the company service truck was set up and stopped to investigate when he heard the air compressor running but not the usual clicking sounds made when workers are greasing their trucks. He found the victim caught between the frame and dump body of the truck. The foreman called out for help and then called 911 from his cell phone. An excavator operator working nearby responded to the foreman's call for help and climbed into the cab of the truck and raised the bed. Emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement personnel responded within 10 minutes. EMS personnel transported the victim by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, employers should: ensure that raised dump bodies are blocked against inadvertent lowering before employees work under them; develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program for all workers which includes training in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and in required safe work practices that apply to their work environments; and, ensure that workers who are part of a multilingual workforce comprehend instructions in safe work procedures for the tasks to which they are assigned.
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