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Surveyor killed in ATV turnover 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 95WY004, 1995 Jul; :1-4
A 22 year old male seismic surveyor died from the injuries he received when the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) he was operating over-turned, pinning him underneath the vehicle. The victim was alone, attempting to drive the vehicle through a wash-out and a steep embankment in a remote area inside an Indian reservation. He had apparently attempted to turn the vehicle at a sharp angle to cross a gully, placing the vehicle in a severe side-lean. The vehicle overturned, pinning him underneath, face down. The incident occurred on New Year's Day and there was no work required for that day. Employees could volunteer to come in on that day to conduct general maintenance tasks. At approximately 45 minutes after the victim had last been seen, an attempt was made to contact him by radio, with no response. Following continued radio attempts, the supervisor initiated a search, with the body being located three hours after the victim had last been seen. Searchers tried to find a pulse and could not. They drove to the nearest house and called 911. Blood analysis determined significant levels of both amphetamine and cannabinoid, and a bag of suspected controlled substance was found on the body. Employers may be able to minimize the potential for occurrence of this type of incident through the following precautions: 1. Enforce operator safety practices on all company machines and equipment. 2. Enforce use of apropos personal protective equipment for all employees at all times. 3. Establish and enforce company policies regarding the use of alcohol and controlled substance within the workplace.
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; Equipment-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Substance-abuse; Drug-abuse
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95WY004; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division