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Landscaper died of injuries incurred when he was catapulted from the operator's seat of a truck-mounted boom.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 96CO080, 1996 Dec; :1-2
This landscaper normally worked in the logging industry. The equipment involved with this injury was a Barco model 8000 boom truck designed to lift logs to and from the truck bed, and was owned by the deceased. To supplement his income, he occasionally used the equipment to do landscaping work. On the day of the injury, he was using the truck and boom to lift a large rock from the truck bed to place it on the ground. To accomplish this task, he was seated in the operator's seat located at the rear of the truck bed, at the pivot point of the truck-mounted boom, approximately ten feet off the ground. The seat was not equipped with a seat belt. As the boom swung free of the truck bed, the weight of the rock caused the right rear wheels of the truck to leave the ground. The operator released the rock, causing the truck wheels to drop to the ground. This action caused the operator to be catapulted from the seat. He landed on the ground, clear of the truck, suffering head and spinal cord injuries. He died 33 days later. 1. Proper equipment should be utilized for any specific task. 2. Employers should develop and implement comprehensive written safety programs. As part of this safety program, the employer should determine the rated capacity and design purpose for equipment to be utilized.
Region-8; 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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Machine-operation
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96CO080; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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