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Construction foreman crushed by excavator - Maryland.

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 94MD063, 1999 Jul; :1-4
A 47-year-old male construction foreman (the victim) was crushed by the crawler treads of an excavator that was moving into position to dig a trench across a two lane road. The victim had given directions to the operator regarding placement of the excavator. After speaking with the operator, the victim walked around to the opposite corner of the excavator. The victim, facing away from the excavator, leaned over to move an orange safety cone. The west track of the excavator caught the victim's leg and he fell to the ground face first into the path of the excavator. A witness ran toward the operator shouting to stop the machine and move backward off the victim. Another member of the crew radioed the company to notify 911. Paramedics arrived within minutes of the call. The victim was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died from his injuries approximately 45 minutes after the incident. The Maryland FACE investigator suggests that to prevent similar incidents: 1. Employers should ensure that employees are instructed to stand clear of heavy equipment that is maneuvering in a work zone. 2. Employers should ensure that heavy equipment operators who must maneuver equipment with limited visibility in the direction of travel utilize an employee to signal the operator from a safe distance. 3. Employers should ensure that heavy equipment operators make every effort to establish a clear view in the direction of travel before maneuvering a piece of equipment. 4. Heavy equipment and other vehicles should be, when feasible, equipped with devices for visualizing or sensing the presence of humans or obstacles that are in the path of travel.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-3; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MD063; 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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