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Equipment operator dies when ejected from and run over by his pavement compactor 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 98CA014, 1999 Jul; :1-5
A 46-year old male equipment operator (decedent) died after being run over by the rear wheels of his pavement compactor during an asphalt paving job. The decedent was being followed by a co-worker driving another pavement compactor. The transmission of the co-worker's compactor was taken out of gear by the co-worker in an attempt to shift to first gear. The co-worker was not able to successfully re-engage the transmission. This caused the co-worker's compactor to freewheel and increase its downhill speed. The co-worker's compactor struck the decedent's compactor in the right rear. The decedent was ejected from his compactor which then ran over him. Neither the decedent nor the co-worker were wearing a seatbelt. None of the seatbelts provided were functional. The co-worker had not operated this type of compactor prior to the day of the incident and had not been trained in or oriented to its use. The CA/FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future occurrences, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) employers should: 1. ensure seatbelts are functional and that employees wear them at all times when they operate seatbelt-equipped vehicles. 2. ensure operators of construction equipment are properly trained in its use. 3. develop a formal, written equipment operation training program. In addition, heavy machinery manufacturers should: 4. design a machine's seatbelt system with interlocks that prevent the operation of the machine if seatbelts are not used.
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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Training; Safety-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-belts; Road-construction; Road-surfacing; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98CA014; 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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