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Massachusetts landscaper/laborer dies when crushed in small skid steer loader.

Massachusetts 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 94MA014, 1994 Dec; :1-3
On March 4, 1994, a 24 year old male landscaper/laborer died from injuries sustained when he was crushed by the bucket of small skid steer loader. The victim was standing in front of the machine, reaching in below the raised bucket in order to clear snow from the foot control wells inside the cab. Evidently, while he was clearing the snow, the victim activated the foot pedal which lowered the bucket. The bucket lowered, crushing the victim between it and the body of the machine. It was not until emergency services responded minutes later that one of the responders was able to determine how to lift the bucket from the victim. He was then transported to a regional hospital where he was officially pronounced dead approximately one hour following the incident. In order to prevent future similar occurrences, MA FACE investigators recommend that employers: 1. Develop and implement routine procedures, possibly including lockout tagout, for the safe removal of snow from the foot well area of front end loaders. 2. Ensure that employees fully understand and comply with the proper use of machinery safety mechanisms.
Region-1; 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; Forestry-workers; Machine-operation; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94MA014; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-108704
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts Department of Health
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