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Logger killed when struck by log that rolled off truck during unloading operation.

Kentucky Department of Health Services
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 94KY038, 1994 Jun; :1-4
A 51 year old male, self-employed, logger/farmer was preparing to unload logs at a saw mill. The load consisted of about 18 logs, 10-22" in diameter and 8-12 feet long. The load had been secured by 2 binders (chains) to the back of a Chevrolet flatbed single axle truck. The forward of the 2 chains had been removed by the victim. As the second chain was loosened, a log from the top rolled off the truck striking the victim. The victim was crushed by the weight of the log. The Kentucky FACE investigator concluded that to prevent similar occurrences, loggers and logging operations should: 1. Ensure that individuals work in teams when unloading logs; 2. Logs should be prevented from moving while binders are being removed. 3. Ensure the height of the stack of the logs shall not exceed the height of the vertical side supports. 4. Additionally, logging operators should establish practices where safety of contractors can be assured.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Lumber-industry; Lumber-industry-workers; Region-4; Sawmill-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94KY038; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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