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Nursery laborer killed in skid-steer loader.

Oregon Department of Human Services
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 04OR007, 2006 Jan; :1-5
On March 25, 2004, a 24-year-old nursery laborer was killed while operating a skid-steer loader. The operator was moving metal carts containing plants from an outside location to inside a greenhouse. He had been moving the carts for several hours, before he was noticed missing. The operator was discovered in a seated position in the operator's cage of the skid steer with a severe head injury. His left arm was behind him as if to support himself while leaning forward. It was raining, and the victim had placed his coat across his lap to prevent his pants from getting wet. A pocket of the coat was caught on the skid-steer's operational hand controls. The controls were probably activated as the victim leaned forward, causing the skid steer to move suddenly. The jolt apparently caused his head to forcefully strike the left-front roll bar. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. Do not operate equipment with loose clothing, a tool belt, or other items that could interfere with or entangle the operator controls. 2. Never exit or lean out of the protective operator's cage of mobile machinery without first shutting down and turning off the power completely. 3. Maintain the machine in safe operating condition. 4. Employers should consider a formal training process for operators of mobile machinery, including written documentation, and regular evaluation and feedback conducted through the company safety committee.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction-equipment; Head-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-engineering; Work-operations; Lawn-and-garden-equipment; Agricultural-machinery
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04OR007; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008472
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oregon Department of Human Services
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division