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A mechanic died when crushed by the lift bed of a trash roll-off truck.

Public Health Institute
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 05CA008, 2006 Jan; :1-5
A 22-year-old Hispanic male mechanic died when he was crushed by the hydraulic lift bed of a trash roll-off truck. The victim was making repairs on the truck's hydraulic system when the incident occurred. The victim raised the hydraulic bed of the truck but failed to install safety jack stands or other blocking devices to hold the raised bed in place. The victim, working under the raised truck bed, disconnected a hydraulic line that released the hydraulic pressure to the cylinders holding the bed in the raised position. The victim was working alone in the shop at the time of the incident. 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 lift beds of trucks are properly supported before performing maintenance or repairs. 2. Ensure mechanics release pressure in hydraulic systems that are supporting loads or otherwise under pressure before beginning maintenance or repairs. 3. Develop and implement a job hazard check sheet that all mechanics fill out and supervisors check and verify prior to staring each work assignment.
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; Protective-measures; Training; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Mechanics; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05CA008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-907284; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Public Health Institute
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