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Sanitation worker struck by trash collection vehicle in Missouri.

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 95MO060, 1996 Jan; :1-6
On June 5, 1995, a 43-year-old sanitation worker (victim) was run over by the sanitation vehicle from which he was working. The victim and his employer (driver) were collecting residential refuse from homes located along a state highway. The workers were on a rural route and were in a rural section of a small town. The workers were using a side-loading collection vehicle with a left side loading step. The step was designed for loading refuse but not for riding on the vehicle. The victim had collected the refuse from a residence on the right side of the highway and was proceeding to collect the refuse from a residence on the left side. The driver stated that he checked his mirrors and saw the victim crossing the highway. He then drove onto the highway from the right side shoulder. It appears the victim may have tried to jump onto the loading step on the left side of the vehicle and ride to the next stop, but the driver was unaware that the victim was attempting to ride on the vehicle. The victim fell into the path of the left rear wheel, and the vehicle ran over the victim's lower extremities. Emergency assistance was requested and a local ambulance service responded. A life-flight helicopter was requested to transport the victim to regional trauma center where life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. The MO FACE Investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. develop and strictly enforce policies prohibiting trash collectors from riding on loading steps of trash collection vehicles; 2. consider equipping side-loading refuse collection vehicles with extended fenders or additional body panels to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of workers landing in the path of the vehicle's wheels in the event of a fall.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Sanitation; Sanitation-engineering; Region-7; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MO060; 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
Page last reviewed: January 28, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division