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Laborer struck by skid-steer loader while exiting from a tarp-enclosed area on a construction site - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public 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 07MA019, 2008 Jul; :1-9
On April 9, 2007, a 30-year-old male construction laborer (the victim) was fatally injured when a skid-steer loader struck him. The victim had been using a wheelbarrow to move mortar from the mixer to the staging area. The staging area was underneath a section of scaffold that was surrounded by a tarp. At the time of the incident, the victim was in a crouched position moving backwards pulling the wheelbarrow. He was exiting from underneath the staging area's tarp when he was struck by a skid-steer loader. Co-workers placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS) and within minutes personnel from the fire and police departments arrived at the site to attend to the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1.) Ensure that tarp-enclosed areas have designated entrance/exit openings for workers; 2.) Place warning devices at designated entrance and exit locations where workers on foot are entering into work areas occupied by mobile equipment; 3.) Develop, implement, and enforce an internal traffic control plan (ITCP) specific to each construction site to help protect workers on foot; 4.) Supply and ensure that employees wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) compliant high visibility safety apparel; 5.) Ensure that employees operating skid-steer loaders have the required state-issued hoisting license; 6.) Provide employees training on the operation of skid-steer loaders and other equipment; 7.) Ensure employee trainings are in a language which is comprehensible and at appropriate literacy levels; and 8.) Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program, which includes hazard recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Industrial-education; Industrial-environment; Industrial-hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-clothing; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Scaffolds; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Warning-devices; Warning-signs; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance
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Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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Identifying No.
FACE-07MA019; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
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Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division