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Skull fractured in skid loader incident in Wyoming.

Wyoming 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 94WY018, 1994 Sep; :1-4
A 26 year old male sawmill operator died from injuries suffered when he caught his head in the unprotected cab of a reconditioned skid loader while working in a sawmill operation. The victim had been operating the skid loader for approximately 15 minutes transporting logs from a stockpile area to the mill bin for cutting. He was working alone and the machine was not equipped with the wire mesh usually attached to the cab to protect operators from moving parts of the equipment. The victim, apparently stuck his head outside the cab area as the loader arms were moving, and his head was pinched between the moving arms and the side of the cab. He was discovered by his employer, who sent a co-worker into town to get help. The co-worker tried various places in the town before locating the proper authority to dispatch the ambulance. By the time first responders arrived, the victim had no pulse, and he was declared dead at the scene. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Mill workers should be trained in the handling of all hazardous machines and equipment available to them. 2. Emergency procedures should be established against the event of an injury producing circumstance. 3. Access to emergency services should be provided on site. 4. Skid loaders should be fully enclosed with open mesh or plexiglas materials to give maximum protection to the operator.
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; Sawmill-workers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design; Machine-operators; Machine-operation; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94WY018; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-807083
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wyoming Department of Health
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