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A construction laborer was run over by a front-end loader.
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 02CA010, 2003 Aug; :1-4
A 19 year-old male construction laborer, performing the duties of a grade checker and directing traffic at a construction site, was inadvertently backed over by a front-end loader. The victim entered the moving equipment's immediate work area. The equipment operator lost sight of the victim as he operated the front-end loader. The front-end loader's back-up alarm was not working at the time of the incident. The company did not have a written code of safe practices that covered the hazards of working in close proximity of moving heavy equipment. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) should: 1. Ensure employees remain out of the immediate area where heavy equipment is operating. 2. Ensure that when visual contact is lost with workers on foot, the equipment operator stops the heavy equipment and does not resume until visual contact is re-established. 3. Ensure that the equipment being used has a working back-up alarm. 4. Ensure that Injury and Illness Prevention Programs include a written code of safe practices on all hazards associated with the work being performed. 5. Ensure employees are adequately trained and that workers' achievement of skills is verified through a testing program.
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; Training; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Equipment-operators; Warning-systems; Occupational-safety-programs; Truck-drivers; Drivers; Construction-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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