Commercial route refuse collector crushed when refuse truck slid into semi-truck trailer.
NIOSH 1993 Aug; :1-6
A 57 year-old refuse collector died as a result of being crushed between his refuse truck and a parked semi-truck trailer. The refuse truck had become stuck on a snow covered driveway of a commercial loading dock. A wrecker truck was trying to pull the refuse truck from the driveway when the front of the truck unexpectedly slid sideways to the left, striking the trailer. The victim was exiting the driver side door when the truck impacted the trailer and he was pinned between the door and truck cab. The MO FACE investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences employers should: 1. recognize winching and towing heavy equipment, such as refuse trucks, should be approached cautiously and may involve unforeseen circumstances 2. only permit heavy equipment to be towed or winched without a driver or operator in the vehicle 3. develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training in hazard recognition and avoidance.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-programs; Sanitation; Sanitation-engineering; Motor-vehicles
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health