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Construction worker dies after being run over by bulldozer he had been operating.

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 96MN084, 1997 Jan; :1-4
A 54-year-old construction worker died of injuries sustained when the bulldozer he had been operating ran over him. The construction company the victim worked for had contracted to make a snowmobile trail through a wooded area. Prior to the occurrence of the incident, the victim was using the bulldozer to clear the trail. During the clearing process, the bulldozer stalled and was restarted by the victim. The victim was standing on one of the bulldozer's tracks while he restarted the machine with a screwdriver. The bulldozer started and quickly took off in reverse. The victim attempted to reach up and hold onto the bulldozer but was unable to. The victim fell off the track of the bulldozer and was run over by it. A coworker of the victim witnessed the incident and placed a call to emergency personnel who responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. 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 equipment is always maintained in the proper working condition; 2. employers should ensure that workers never use an alternate means of operating equipment; and 3. 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; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MN084; 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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