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Concrete block truck operator struck by falling pre-cast steps.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 02NE028, 2006 Jun; :1-6
A 72-year-old male truck driver sustained fatal injuries when struck by a 1,500 pound pre-cast concrete step unit that broke loose and fell while being hoisted above him. The victim was part of a two-person crew that transported and delivered a set of pre-cast concrete steps to a residence. The victim was operating the truck-mounted loader. As he lifted the steps to the driver's side of the truck he abruptly stopped their movement. The load continued to swing, became unsteady and broke free of the clamps used to secure the steps. The steps then fell onto the victim causing severe injuries. Emergency personnel were immediately summoned and the victim was transported to a hospital where he died eleven days later. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Labor's Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure loads are not being lifted near, over or in the vicinity of any employee(s). 2. Train all employees in the recognition & avoidance of hazards. 3. Ensure rigging and other equipment being used is suitable for the intended load. 4. Ensure that employees are operating the loader in a manner that prevents sudden acceleration or deceleration of the moving load.
Region-7; 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; Protective-measures; Training; Equipment-operators; Hoisting-equipment; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Truck-drivers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NE028; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division