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Truck driver dies when run over by heavy equipment in California.

Public Health Institute
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 96CA012, 1996 Oct; :1-4
A 41-year old male owner/operator truck driver (victim) died after being run over by the rear wheels of his tractor and the rear wheels of its front trailer at a construction dump site. The victim was attempting to dump the dirt from his double trailer rig. His front trailer failed to dump. The victim got out of his tractor to attempt to make a field repair of the front bottom-dump trailer which had failed to open. While working on his rig, a dozer pulled up behind the tractor/trailer combination to push it out of the way. The dozer operator did not see the truck driver who was hidden behind the dual tires at the rear of the tractor. The truck driver had failed to set his parking brakes, so the dozer operator was able to push the tractor trailer rig about 25 yards. A number of on site workers noticed the situation and finally was able to stop the dozer operator. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers should: 1. Assure that truck drivers stay in their trucks when at a dump site and wait to be pushed clear of the danger area. 2. Make certain that operators of heavy construction equipment locate the driver of trucks or other equipment to be sure they are clear of the danger area before attempting a pushing operation. 3. Require truck drivers or equipment operators to wear high visibility garments when they get out of or off of their vehicles in hazardous traffic areas. Have a "dump man" on site to control any operation which involves pushing machinery or equipment.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Safety-belts; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Equipment-operators; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Drivers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96CA012; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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