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Grader operator run over by rear tire while jumpstarting grader.

Michigan State University
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 01MI056, 2002 Jun; :1-8
On July 30, 2001, a 63-year old male died from injuries sustained when he was run over by the rear wheel of a grader. A coworker driving a bulldozer was spreading gravel and the grader was following the bulldozer leveling the gravel. The grader stalled and would not restart. The bulldozer drove behind the grader, and pushed the grader to a location where the bulldozer could be used to jumpstart the grader. The victim attempted to jumpstart the grader with jumpstart cables but was unsuccessful because the grader was in 1st gear. The victim left the cab. He stood between the rear tires and used pliers to jumpstart across the solenoid. When the engine started, the grader moved forward, running over the victim with the rear tire. The coworker shut down the grader after the blade struck a bank of dirt and stopped moving. The coworker ran to the highway and flagged down a car to call for emergency assistance. The motorist's cell phone could not get a signal. While the coworker was using the motorist's cell phone, another company employee arrived with a load of gravel. The truck driver drove to another area on the road, contacted the office. The office called for an ambulance service (911 emergency service is not available. The ambulance personnel arrived 15 minutes after being notified of the incident. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Employers should discourage jumpstarting equipment; if absolutely necessary, jumpstarting a piece of equipment should be allowed only from the battery while the operator is in the equipment cab. 2. Company policy should prohibit use of equipment if not in proper working order, remove from service all equipment in need of repair until repairs are made, strictly enforce employee reporting of defective equipment. 3. Equipment owners should ensure that an owner and/or operator manual is available on the equipment and for use in service/maintenance procedures. 4. Employers must ensure that a person with a valid certificate in first aid training is present at the worksite to provide first aid. 5. Company management should consider developing a joint health and safety committee. 6. Employers should provide all field personnel a means for emergency communication in case of injury.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-5; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-health-programs; 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-01MI056; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division