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Excavation laborer dies after being run over by a Caterpillar.

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 97MN019, 1997 Sep; :1-4
A 30-year-old excavation laborer (victim) died after he was run over by a Caterpillar at a construction site. The victim and two coworkers were removing soil and clay from the site and had nearly completed the excavation process. The victim used a measuring stick to check the grade along the site to ensure that it was excavated to the proper depth. A few moments before the incident, the Caterpillar operator drove to the west end of the excavation area and the victim walked to a position about fifty feet behind the Caterpillar. While the victim checked the grade of the area, the operator shifted the Caterpillar into reverse and began backing it across the construction site. The operator did not see the victim and continued backing until he saw the victim laying in front of the Caterpillar. A call was immediately made to emergency personnel. They arrived shortly after being notified and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. mobile equipment should be equipped with sensing units to detect pedestrian workers in the blind spots of the equipment.
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; Protective-equipment; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Construction-industry
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MN019; 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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