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Truck driver dies during payloader crushing incident.

New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
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 03NY036, 2004 Jan; :1-7
On June 12th, 2003, a 41-year-old truck driver was delivering cardboard sludge to a recycling plant that manufactures bedding for dairy cows when he was fatally crushed between the tailgate of his truck and the rear of a payloader. He had completed dumping the cardboard waste product onto an outdoor unloading pad, and pulled a short distance away to secure the tailgate of his truck. As he was securing the tailgate, a payloader backed out of the adjacent storage building, making a 90-degree turn in order to move the waste material from the unloading pad into the building. The operator of the payloader was unaware of the dump truck and backed into the truck, crushing the truck driver between the two vehicles. The operator of the payloader immediately went for help, notifying a co-worker who called 911 and notified the owner of the plant of the incident. An emergency squad responded within minutes. The truck driver was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future: 1. Facilities should be properly designed and unloading procedures modified to promote safety; 2. Truck drivers should pull dump trucks a safe distance away from the unloading area prior to securing the tailgate. Companies should consider instituting policies that specify this distance; 3. Payloader operators should survey the surrounding area prior to backing up; 4. Safety devices should be checked at each shift change to ensure proper operation. Additional safety devices should be installed in areas of high traffic.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NY036; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-220784
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division