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Landscape laborer dies after being struck by the bucket of a Case skid steer loader.

Minnesota Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 92MN009, 1992 Sep; :1-4
A 16-year-old male (victim) landscape laborer died as a result of traumatic injuries received after being struck by the bucket of a Case skid steer loader. Three landscaping workers were pulling up a silt fence from around a drainage pond in a housing area under development. A slightly sloping bank surrounded the pond, and a Case skid steer loader near the middle of the bank was being used to assist in the removal of the wooden stakes securing the fence. The bucket of the loader was lowered, the fence was wound around the bucket, and finally the bucket was raised to remove each stake. While removing one of the stakes the loader tipped forwards while the bucket was in the raised position. The operator began lowering the bucket to stabilize it. At the same time, the victim, who was standing to the front and side of the loader, slipped and fell beneath the descending bucket. The descending bucket struck his chest and he died shortly afterwards in surgery from his injuries. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. operators of heavy equipment should be thoroughly trained and competent in the procedures the equipment may be used for before working near others; and 2. workers who are required to work near heavy equipment, in addition to heavy equipment operators, should be instructed and capable of recognizing potential associated hazards and be aware of methods for avoiding personal injury.
Region-5; 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; Equipment-operators; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92MN009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division