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Logger crushed during repair work on skidder.

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 97KY073, 1997 Nov; :1-3
A 56-year-old full-time logger (the victim) was killed while working with his son at a logging site. On the morning of the incident, the victim and his son made repairs to the brakes on a skidder which belonged to the owner of the small logging company. As the two loggers were working at the site that afternoon, the brakes malfunctioned again. To make repairs, the victim laid down on his back underneath the skidder which was parked on a slightly inclined dirt path. As he loosened the brakes with a wrench, the skidder began to roll down the slight incline and he was dragged between the wheels for about 75 feet before the vehicle came to a stop. The victim's son was working nearby and heard the skidder pass down the hill behind him. Upon finding his father, he ran to the field nearby where the farmer who owned the land was out on his tractor. The farmer called 911 for help. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene but found that the victim had suffered severe injuries; he was pronounced dead at the scene. In order to prevent similar incidents from occurring, FACE investigators recommend that employers should: 1. train employees to take precautions that ensure the stability of equipment before making repairs 2. ensure that equipment is in good working condition 3. develop and enforce a written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, worker training in hazard identification, avoidance and abatement.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Logging-workers; Forestry-workers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97KY073; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Kentucky Department of Health Services
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