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Logging company owner dies after being struck by log that fell from logging truck in West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
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 99WV020, 1999 Aug; :1-7
On April 24, 1999, a 46-year-old male co-owner of a logging company (the victim) died of injuries sustained when he was struck and pinned to the ground by a log which had fallen from a loaded log truck. At 8:00 a.m., the victim began assisting his partner who was loading the truck using a knuckle boom loader. The partner left the loader and accessed the truck's cab. He then asked the victim to direct him as he backed the loaded truck out of the loading zone. The fully loaded truck which was moved prior to securing the load, was being relocated to make room for an empty truck, under contract waiting to be loaded. As the victim's partner was parking the truck, the victim approached the truck to begin securing the load. He approached one of the binding straps located on the side of the truck. As he did, a log rolled off of the truck pinning him to the ground. An individual who accompanied the empty truck's driver to the site was standing on the landing and witnessed the incident. The bystander ran to the victim's partner to inform him of the incident. The partner ran to the victim. It was reported the partner removed the log from the victim's body by hand. The empty truck's driver ran to the residence of the land owner and called 911. EMS responded, and he was taken to local hospital and pronounced dead at 9:35 a.m. The WV FACE Investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that the height of the stacked logs does not exceed the height of the standards on the truck. 2. Ensure that stacked logs are secured immediately after the loading operation is complete prior to moving the truck. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a written safety program which includes, but is not limited to, task-specific safety procedures and worker training in hazard identification, avoidance, and control. Additionally, manufacturers and employers should consider manufacturing and/or retrofitting log trucks with retention stakes high enough to adequately secure anticipated log loads.
Region-3; 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; Logging-workers; Forestry; Forestry-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99WV020; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-312914
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division