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Sanitation FACE facts.

New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
Troy, NY: New York State Department of Health, 2006 Jan; :1
A 21-year-old sanitation worker was riding on a garbage truck that was backing down a street. He fell off the back of the truck and was run over by the front wheel. A 30-year-old sanitation worker was riding on a garbage truck on a rainy morning when the truck went around a corner. He fell off the truck and struck his head on the pavement. A 24-year-old sanitation worker was collecting recyclables while standing on the rear platform of a moving garbage truck. He fell and struck his head. A 60-year-old recycling truck driver was working alone collecting recyclables. He slipped beneath the truck's rear wheels and the truck rolled over him. How Can These Accidents be Prevented? Drivers should: Find all workers, either directly or in mirrors, before moving in any direction.Stop backing immediately if you can't see all workers. Avoid sudden starts or stops that could cause riders to be thrown from riding steps. Wait for step riders to signal before putting the truck in motion. Other crew members should: Ride in the cab or a separate vehicle when not on the collection route. Use riding steps only when the truck is moving forward for short distances (<0.2 mi.) at slow speeds (<10 mph). Ride facing the side of the truck with both hands on the handholds. Step (do not jump) off steps only after the truck has completely stopped. Wear slip-resistant footwear and avoid narrow cleats or spikes. Be aware of the driver's blind spot. If you can't see the driver in the mirror, he can't see you.
Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Truck-drivers; Waste-disposal
NYSDOH FACE Program, Bureau of Occupational Health, Flanigan Square, Room 230, 547 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
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