Fatal injuries caused by logs rolling off trucks: Kentucky 1994-1998.
Am J Ind Med 2001 Feb; 39(2):203-208
Background: logging is one of the most hazardous occupations and fatality rates are consistently among the highest of all industries. A review of fatalities caused by logs rolling off trucks is presented. Methods: the Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Project is a statewide surveillance system for occupational fatalities. Investigations are conducted on selected injuries with an emphasis on prevention strategy development. Logging was an area of high priority for case investigation. Results: during 1994-1998, we identiŽed seven incidents in which a worker was killed by a log rolling off a truck at a sawmill, accounting for 15% of the 45 deaths related to logging activities. These cases were reviewed to identify similar characteristics and risk factors. Conclusions: investigations led to recommendations for behavioral, administrative, and engineering controls. Potential interventions include limiting load height on trucks, installing unloading cages at sawmills and prohibiting overloaded trucks on public roadways.
Agricultural-workers; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Logging-workers; Sawmill-workers; Statistical-analysis; Control-equipment; Control-methods; Administration; Engineering-controls; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Surveillance-programs
Timothy William Struttmann, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Occupational Injury Prevention Program, Lexington, Kentucky 40504-2915
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Kentucky Department of Health Services