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Investigation and implications of a compactor fatality.
Harris-JR; Struttmann-T; Merinar-TR
Proceedings of the ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2005), November 5-11, 2005, Orlando, Florida. New York: American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, IMECE2005-80005, 2005 Nov; :181-184
A construction worker died August 18, 2003, when the compactor she was operating rolled over. A seatbelt and rollover protective structure (ROPS) were used by the operator. NIOSH investigators visited the scene of the incident and interviewed the employer, witnesses, and compactor manufacturer as part of NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program to gather additional incident detail and to collect relevant equipment dimensions. Analysis of the equipment dimensions and victim anthropometry indicate that it is unlikely that the victim's head struck the ground during rollover if the victim remained seated. Information on ROPS penetration into the ground during overturn was not available and was not considered in this analysis. This incident highlights the need to have a formal established safety and training program where operators must be familiar with the owner's manual for equipment they operate and demonstrate competence is operating the equipment. Additionally, protective equipment, such as a seatbelt, must be securely fastened to be effective.
Occupational-hazards; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-equipment; Anthropometry; Safety-programs; Training; Protective-equipment
James R. Harris, P.E., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1095 Willowdale Road, MS G800, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Proceedings of the ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2005), November 5-11, 2005, Orlando, Florida
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