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Hispanic construction worker dies while operating ride-on roller/compactor - South Carolina.

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 2007-06, 2008 Jul; :1-5
On March 19, 2007, an 18-year-old male Hispanic construction worker (the victim) died from crushing injuries suffered when the roller/compactor he was operating on uneven soil overturned and fell onto him after he was ejected from the operator's cab. The site the victim was compacting had previously failed a soil compaction inspection and the victim was hired to re-compact several areas for repeat soil compaction testing. It was the victim's second day on the job with little training on operating the roller/compactor. The victim had just finished compacting one plot and was moving to the next. The plots were side-by-side, consisting of compacted dirt bounded by un-compacted dirt. Flush with the side of one of the plots was a steep incline of un-compacted dirt. The rollover was not witnessed, but evidence suggests the victim was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the operator's cab. A coworker noticed the overturned roller/compactor and sought help from the foreman. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) was called. EMS personnel arrived within 15 minutes and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. NIOSH investigators concluded that, in order to prevent future rollover fatalities, construction companies should: 1. provide supervision for new employees doing unfamiliar tasks; 2. ensure proper assessment and training of the employees in safely performing job tasks; 3. develop a site-specific safety plan; 4. develop and implement a comprehensive safety program that addresses hazard recognition and the avoidance of unsafe conditions; 5. provide safety training in language(s) and literacy level(s) of all employees.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Training; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Risk-factors; Construction-Search; Surveillance
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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