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Landscaper dies when struck by front end loader in Massachusetts.

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 96MA016, 1997 Aug; :1-3
On April 4, 1996, a 40 year old male machinist turned landscaper died of injuries sustained when he fell from the bucket of a front end loader and was run over by the vehicle. The victim and a co-worker were riding in the bucket of the truck which was driving along a paved two-lane road to a parking area when the incident occurred. The victim was thrown from the bucket when the vehicle started bouncing. The operator stopped the vehicle when he saw the victim had been thrown out. A passing motorist stopped and assisted with CPR while the operator went for emergency assistance. The local police arrived shortly, followed immediately by the fire department emergency medical services. The victim was transported by ambulance to a nearby city hospital emergency room where he was officially pronounced dead less than forty-five minutes following the incident. The MA FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar future occurrences, employers should: 1. Instruct their employees never to ride in the bucket of a front end loader. 2. Assure that operators of heavy equipment are properly trained and licensed. 3. Assure that they educate themselves and their employees about the hazards of all the machinery and equipment used in their business.
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; Training; Equipment-operators; Gardeners
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96MA016; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division