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Garbage collector run over by trash truck at a county landfill while signaling the driver in backing maneuver.

Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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 94MD009, 1999 Jul; :1-5
On March 17, 1994 a 59-year-old male garbage collector (the victim) was crushed to death by a collection vehicle at a local landfill. The victim and two co-workers (a driver and another collector) had finished a collection run and arrived at the landfill to deposit the refuse. According to multiple sources familiar with the case the victim exited the cab of the truck on the passenger side and was walking behind and to the side of the truck after signalling the driver to begin backing. The collector, walking behind the truck, stumbled, fell, and was unable to get out of the path of the truck before it ran over him. The truck rolled over the right side of the victim and stopped when his body was below the truck cab. The co-workers were unaware that the victim had been run over until a witness told them what had happened. Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before transporting him to the hospital where he died eighty minutes later. The FACE field investigators recommend that to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. employers should develop, implement, and enforce a safety and health program that includes training on specific policies and safe work procedures for hazardous activities; 2. landfill operators should develop safe work procedures that minimize risk for all workers who may be exposed to maneuvering vehicles and other hazards associated with the operation of a landfill; 3. municipalities and employers should consider equipping vehicles with devices which will eliminate the blind spot behind trash collection vehicles by either providing the driver with a view of the rear of the vehicle or by sensing the presence of objects behind the vehicle.
Region-3; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Truck-drivers; Waste-disposal
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MD009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-309872
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Maryland Division of Labor and Industry
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