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Trucker crushed by irrigation pipe.

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 03NE003, 2003 Jun; :1-5
A 39-year-old male truck driver was killed when a bundle of plastic irrigation pipe he was securing slipped, striking him in the head. A forklift operator placed four bundles of pipe onto the victim's semi-trailer bed. The victim threw four fabric "gut straps" across the pipe to secure these bundles but did not tighten them. The forklift operator placed four more bundles directly on top of the bottom four and left to load another truck. The victim tightened the first strap closest to the cab on the driver's side, then moved to the next strap. While using a torque bar to tighten the strap, the movement of the bottom bundle caused the upper bundle to slide off, striking the victim in the head, landing on top of the victim from the waist up. Approximately 15 minutes later the forklift operator noticed the bundle missing and laying on the ground and went to his supervisor's office and reported the incident. The supervisor ran out to the yard, assessed the situation and ran back into his office to call 911. Local emergency personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. ensure that all employees are trained according to applicable regulations in the safe use of powered industrial trucks. 2. ensure that employees abide by written/verbal policies regarding the proper loading/securing of product. 3. ensure that employees are able to communicate required safety information in a language/method understandable to all parties involved.
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-programs; Training; 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-03NE003; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
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