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Commercial route refuse collector crushed when refuse truck slid into semi-truck trailer.

Missouri Department of Health
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 93MO008, 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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MO008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Missouri Department of Health
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