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Skid-steer loader operator dies after backing loader off six-foot retaining wall.

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 96MO082, 1997 Mar; :1-3
A 43-year-old skid-steer loader operator died after he backed off of a six-foot retaining wall. The victim was spreading top soil over an area in preparation for grass seeding. He had made numerous passes with the loader, back-dragging the bucket from the wall and up the slope. When he approached the end of the area being prepared, it appears he turned the skid-loader around and backed toward the wall, dragging his bucket. The skid-loader approached and backed over the wall. The loader struck the ground below and rolled to its side. The victim remained inside the cab but apparently was knocked unconscious and became wedged between the seat and the side screen. The MO FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, all employers should incorporate the following recommendations into their safety and health plans: 1. ensure that all equipment operators wear seat belts while operating equipment equipped with roll-over protective structures; 2. ensure that all interlock safety devices are functional and in good working condition before any operation of 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; Drivers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-belts; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Equipment-operators; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Lawn-and-garden-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MO082; 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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