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Laborer killed when a truck struck a backhoe and pinned the victim between the backhoe and a dumpster.

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 00NJ111, 2002 Mar; :1-9
On December 15, 2000, the driver of a trash-container truck, returning to the employer's building at the end of his work day, drove the truck onto a service road located between a building and railroad track. Driving around obstacles in the road, the driver steered the truck too close to a passing freight train. The truck was struck by the train and pulled along by a flat bed railroad car. After being dragged by the train, the truck broke free, veered to the right, and struck a parked backhoe. A 32-year-old laborer, who was standing behind the backhoe, was killed when he was pinned and crushed between the backhoe and a dumpster. NJ FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis; policies and training should be written and implemented based upon the findings of the analysis. 2. The employer should limit work in the area around the rail road tracks. 3. Employers should become familiar with available resources on safety standards and safe work practices.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NJ111; 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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