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Hispanic construction worker killed when struck by excavator bucket.

New Jersey 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 03NJ085, 2005 Oct; :1-6
On September 12, 2003, a 28-year-old Hispanic carpenter was killed after he was stuck by the bucket of an excavator (trackhoe). The incident occurred at the construction site of a building being renovated into a nursery school. Part of the construction was the installation of stairs leading down from a narrow driveway into the basement of the building. The crew of five workers started at the site in the morning to work on the interior and to excavate a passage for the stairs. Shortly after arriving, the foreman at the site was called away by the owner of the company. The foreman instructed one of the carpenters on how to use the excavator before he left. The excavator operator/carpenter and a helper worked in the driveway, while the remaining two carpenters worked in the basement. At approximately 11:00 a.m., one of the carpenters came out of the basement to deposit some trash in a dumpster. The excavator operator saw and warned the carpenter (victim) before moving the excavator to the dumpster. He did not see the victim, who was struck on the head as he walked in the narrow driveway. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. Excavator operators must be thoroughly trained in the safe operation of the machine and demonstrate proficiency before operating machinery. 2. Hazardous work sites should be closely supervised and marked out before operating heavy equipment. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers. 4. The employer should develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety training program in the languages and literacy levels of the employees.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-measures; Safety-programs; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-practices; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Equipment-operators; Training
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NJ085; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division