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A laborer died when crushed between the forks and the cab of a trash truck.

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 03CA002, 2003 Nov; :1-5
A Hispanic laborer died when he was crushed between the forks and cab of a trash truck with front loader hydraulic forks. The victim was standing facing the cab when the truck operator lowered the forks. The truck operator standing outside the trash truck was using the side mounted controls to lower the forks and did not see the victim. The operator did not check in front of the trash truck before lowering the forks. Workers were instructed not to enter the area of the forks. 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 truck operators check in front of trash trucks before lowering hydraulic forks. 2. Ensure employees stay clear of the arc of the trash truck's forks. 3. Consider installing concave mirrors on trash trucks with side mount controls. 4. Ensure employees are trained on trash truck operation and safety and their knowledge of their duties and responsibilities 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; Protective-equipment; Truck-drivers; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03CA002; 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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