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A module truck driver for a cotton gin in Texas died from internal injuries when crushed between the tailgate of a trailer and the metal beam supporting a cotton seed dispenser box.

Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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 99TX381, 2001 Jan; :1-6
On October 12, 1999 a 35 year-old module truck driver for a cotton gin in Texas suffered fatal injuries when he was caught between a semi-truck/trailer tailgate and the lower supportive metal beam of a seed dispenser box unit. The victim had climbed up on the ladder attached to the rear gate of the trailer to motion with his left hand in guiding the truck driver. While the truck was backing up, the victim's back struck the metal lower beam of the frame supporting the seed box dispenser unit. He was forced frontwards over the tailgate and fell into the bed of the trailer. EMS was called and he was transported to a regional hospital for treatment. He died of a severe internal infection from a torn/ruptured colon 15 days later. The Texas FACE program officer concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure employees who are guiding trucks are on the ground and always visible to the driver. 2. Ensure employees do not climb onto moving trailers. 3. Redesign the driveway to eliminate the need for trucks to back up. 4. Install grooved and lowered tire paths for ease of tire alignment. 5. Install an electric eye mechanism onto the seed dispenser frame which provides oral and visual position warnings for truck drivers. 6. Provide regular training for seasonal workers on safety standards and procedures.
Region-6; 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; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Training; Safety-programs; Truck-drivers; Warning-devices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99TX381; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division