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Municipal road worker run over by a leaf vacuuming truck.

New Jersey 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 97NJ115, 1998 Jul; :1-8
On December 8, 1997, a 57-year-old municipal road worker was killed when he was run over by a leaf vacuuming truck. The incident occurred on a residential street as the victim and a co-worker were picking up leaves piled at the curbside by the home owners. The victim worked beside the truck, using a large vacuum hose connected to the vacuum machine. The co-worker was driving the truck and watched the victim from the side view mirrors. At 11:30 a.m., the workers had just finished vacuuming a pile of leaves at the bottom of a small hill. As the co-worker moved the truck up the hill to the next pile, he felt a bump as if he had run over something. He immediately stopped and found that the victim had been run over by the rear wheels of the truck. To prevent similar incidents in the future, NJ FACE recommends the following safety guidelines: 1. Employers should follow the recommendations in the attached NIOSH Alert, Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths From Moving Refuse Collection Vehicle. 2. Manufacturers and employers should consider installing bodywork guards over the truck wheels to prevent workers from falling under the wheels. 3. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97NJ115; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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