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Landscaper crushed between backhoe and 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 02NJ025, 2002 Dec; :1-8
On May 6, 2002, a 37-year-old landscaper was crushed to death when he was pinned between a backhoe and a dump truck as a landscaping crew was unloading the backhoe from a trailer. The incident occurred on a suburban street in front of a private home as the landscaping crew was preparing to start work for the day. A small backhoe was transported to the site on a trailer being towed by a dump truck. The backhoe was secured to the trailer with chains, which apparently tightened as the vehicle was moved. To remove the front chains, a worker started the backhoe and moved it forward a few inches to release the tension on the forward chains. A second employee (the victim) stood in front of the backhoe to remove the front chains. As the backhoe driver started to get off the machine to help the victim with the chains, the backhoe lunged forward, pinning the worker between the backhoe and the back of the dump truck that was towing it. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Employers should ensure that all employees are trained to stay clear of any operating equipment and vehicles. 2. Employers and employees should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities. 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; Training; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-programs; Equipment-operators; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NJ025; 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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