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Mineworker was crushed between the couplings of a rail car and the tractor used to move loaded cars on a rail spur.

Oklahoma State 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 01OK053, 2002 Feb; :1-7
A 63-year old mineworker died on August 7, 2001 from injuries received when he was crushed between the couplings of a rail car and the tractor used to move cars on a rail spur. OKFACE investigators concluded that to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that any crewmember that enters the space between a cut of cars to adjust knuckles/drawbars does so only after the cars to be coupled are separated by no less than 50 feet. 2. Ensure that prior to entering the space between a cut of cars, any crewmember that must enter the hazard area first inspects the cars, applies a sufficient number of hand brakes where necessary to prevent movement of the cars, and determines that the cars are completely stopped. 3. Ensure that equipment and work areas used by employees are properly designed for their intended use and are safely maintained. 4. Provide communication devices to employees performing tasks in which voice communication is impeded and visual contact is not continuously maintained. 5. Establish written policies, procedures, and safe and healthful work practices for all high-risk tasks. 6. Reinforce established safety training regarding workplace hazards and the controls established to protect personnel from those hazards. 7. Develop and implement a formal occupational health and safety management system that is focused on continual improvement.
Region-6; 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; Equipment-reliability; Training; Railroad-cars; Railroad-industry; Railroads; Safety-programs; Mine-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01OK053; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health