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Construction laborer killed after a backhoe slid into an excavation - 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 00MA055, 2002 May; :1-6
On September 28, 2000, a 21-year-old male construction laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when he was struck by a backhoe while working inside an excavation. The victim was operating a gas-powered compactor with his back towards the backhoe. The operator had been repositioning the backhoe when the backhoe slid into the excavation striking the victim in the head and back. Co-workers, who witnessed the incident, immediately called for emergency assistance and tried to help the victim. The victim was freed from underneath the bucket and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid were administered. Emergency medical personnel arrived within minutes of the telephone call and the victim was pronounced dead at the construction site. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Ensure employees are not inside excavations while construction equipment is in close range to the excavation edge. 2. Have a competent person conduct daily site inspections including inspections of excavations. 3. Ensure that employees and operators receive health and safety training. 4. Implement a warning system at excavation edges to help minimize injuries to workers from mobile equipment falling into excavations. 5. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive health and safety plan that includes hazards associated with excavations.
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; Construction; Construction-industry; Warning-devices; Warning-systems; Training; Construction-equipment; Construction-workers; Equipment-operators; Safety-personnel; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MA055; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division