Worker run over by compactor at landfill.
NIOSH 1998 Jul; :1-3
A 54-year-old self-employed trash hauler was killed when he was run over by a 55-ton trash compactor at a county landfill. He had dumped a load of trash and was searching for the rakes he and his coworker had used to clear the trash out of the truck. He was at the rear of the load he had just dumped when the incident occurred. One of two compactors operating at the time of the incident ran over him causing fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Department of Labor investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences employers should: 1. Require all personnel (including customers) working outside a vehicle at a landfill to wear bright colored reflective vests/clothing. 2. Maintain a 50-foot corridor between equipment/personnel dumping and the trash compactors.
Region-7; 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; Safety-clothing; Equipment-operators
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor