A backhoe operator died when his backhoe pinned him against a retaining wall.
NIOSH 2005 Dec; :1-4
A 38-year-old Hispanic equipment operator died when he was pinned against a retaining wall by the front bucket of his backhoe after he got off it to unload the front bucket with a shovel. The victim had set the backhoe brake, but the brake failed to hold the backhoe in place. The backhoe was on an incline, and the wheels were not chocked to hold the backhoe in place. The victim had a load of rock and gravel in the backhoe bucket that he had elevated before he got off the backhoe. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure employees lower the loader and backhoe buckets to the ground when parking a backhoe unattended on an incline. 2. Ensure employees block and/or chock the backhoe wheels when parked unattended on an incline. 3. Ensure employees are trained on equipment operation and safety, and their achievement of skills is verified through a testing program.
Region-9; 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; Training; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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