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Recycling collector dies after falling under the wheels of his truck.

New Jersey 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 05NJ077, 2006 Aug; :1-10
On September 2, 2005, a 26-year-old Hispanic recycling collector was killed when he was run over by a recycling truck. The victim worked for a non-profit company that collected recyclable household materials such as bottles and cans. A crew of three was assigned to a new recycling truck, a large commercial vehicle similar to a traditional garbage truck except that recyclables were deposited into bins on the sides of the truck. The crew had just completed collecting recyclables along a residential street and the driver was backing the truck to turn down the next street. The victim stood near the rear of the truck to spot for the driver as he backed up. After completing the maneuver, the driver called for the victim to jump onto the truck so they could drive to the next pick-up. The victim jumped onto a small step leading up to the driver's seat and grabbed two metal handles as the driver pulled away. Almost immediately, the victim fell from the truck and was run over by the front wheels of the truck, with his legs and pelvis trapped underneath the tire. The driver backed the truck off the victim and called 911 for help. The victim was transported to the local hospital, where he died of his injuries later that morning. NJ FACE investigators recommend following these safety guidelines to prevent similar incidents: 1. All employees should be trained to safely operate and use the different types of collection vehicles. 2. Employers should follow the recommendations in the attached NIOSH Alert, Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths From Moving Refuse Collection Vehicles. 3. Employers should conduct a job hazard analysis of all work activities with the participation of the workers.
Region-2; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance; Truck-drivers; Sanitation
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05NJ077; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008345; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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