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Electrician killed after ATV he was operating overturned.

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 99MN036, 1999 Mar; :1-3
A 51 year-old electrician died of injuries sustained when the all terrain vehicle (ATV) he was driving overturned. Shortly before the incident occurred, the victim and another electrician were working on an electrical project at one facility on the business property. While working they determined that they needed to go to another facility on the property to get a part they needed. The two workers used separate ATVs to travel between the two facilities. They drove along a portion of a dirt test track near the second facility which had a slight "uphill" slope before abruptly changing to a steep "downhill" slope. As the victim's ATV travelled across the point where the slope changed from uphill to downhill, he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. The coworker who was driving approximately 20 to 30 yards behind the victim stopped his vehicle and called rescue personnel who arrived shortly after being called. They transported the victim to a local hospital where he died the following day. 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 wear approved helmets and eye protection when operating recreational vehicles; 2. employers should ensure that workers do not operate recreational vehicles at excessive speeds; and 3. 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; Electrical-workers; Safety-helmets; Safety-programs; Personal-protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MN036; 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