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Worker dies after being run over by a digger derrick truck.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 93MN008, 1993 Sep; :1-4
A 23-year-old male apprentice lineman (victim) died of injuries he received after being run over by the tandem dual rear tires of a digger derrick truck. The construction company the victim worked for had been sub-contracted to frame and set new electrical poles along a two-mile stretch of paved county road. He was part of a five-person crew that had been working on the job for three days. At the time of the incident, the victim and two other crew members had just finished setting and back-filling around a utility pole. They proceeded to the next pole requiring framing and setting, walking 30 feet ahead of the digger derrick in one lane of the road. The digger derrick moved slowly in reverse to the same pole. At a point approximately midway between the two poles, the victim knelt with his back to the truck to apparently inscribe a word or initials into some seal coating on the roadway. The other two crew members had walked ahead and did not see the truck approaching him. He was hit and run over by the backing truck's passenger side tandem dual rear tires. He died on site of his injuries. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. consider equipping vehicles with additional mirrors to help eliminate the blind spot behind vehicles or utilize infrared or ultrasonic devices to detect the presence of objects behind the vehicle; 2. consider equipping vehicles with audible back-up alarms; and 3. consider implementing a safety policy which assigns one person per site the responsibility for directing vehicles and specifies site locations for non-directing pedestrian personnel.
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; Protective-equipment; Truck-drivers; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Warning-devices; Warning-systems
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MN008; 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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