Operator dies after being crushed inside a side-loading waste-hauling truck.
NIOSH 1997 Feb; :1-6
A 29-year-old truck driver died of injuries he sustained when the compactor plate (platen) component of the side-loading waste-hauling truck he was cleaning engaged and crushed him. The truck was running at the time of the incident and the controls that operated the platen were in the automatic mode. The victim was leaning inside the sump area of the truck when the platen engaged. When the platen returned to its resting position it crushed the victim. The victim's coworkers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him and placed a 911 call to emergency rescue personnel who arrived and pronounced the victim dead. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. employers should ensure that workers perform maintenance on equipment only when it is not operating; and 2. employers should design, develop, and implement a comprehensive safety program.
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; Safety-programs; Truck-drivers; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Machine-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health