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Equipment operator drowns in canal.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 00NE016, 2000 Sep; :1-5
A 56-year-old equipment operator drowned when the water tanker he was operating went into a canal. He was in the process of filling the tanker with water. The tanker was parked on a road parallel to the canal. The victim apparently was in the cab of the tanker when it rolled into the canal. He was found in the canal approximately 50 feet east of the tanker and emergency personnel were called. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead two days later on July 19, 2000. The Nebraska Department of Labor Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. employers and employees should ensure the transmission on the water tanker is placed in neutral and the emergency brake set during water filling. 2. employers and employees should ensure the wheels on the tanker are chocked. 3. employers and employees should ensure the wheels on the tanker are turned away from the canal, or other water source. 4. employers should perform a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) on the water filling operation.
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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00NE016; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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