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Laborer died during test drive of four-wheel all terrain vehicle (ATV).

Michigan State University
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 08MI171, 2010 Jan; :1-7
In the fall of 2008, a 23-year-old male laborer in an automobile repair shop died when both he and the Kawasaki Tecati Model XF 250 four-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was test driving in the parking lot struck a concrete wall . The decedent was not wearing a helmet or other protective equipment. The ATV did not have a seat when it was brought into the shop. The decedent drove the ATV to the west end of the building parking area. He then turned around at the west end, and rode to the east side of the lot. As he was traveling eastbound, he attempted to turn the ATV to the left (north) as he was approaching the east end of the parking area. He put his right foot down on the ground at which time it was run over by the ATV's rear tire. The decedent lost control of the ATV and it flipped onto its right side and rotated counterclockwise. Both the ATV and the decedent struck a concrete wall at the east end of the parking area. The ATV owner and the decedent's employer began CPR, and called for emergency response. The decedent was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Recommendations: 1.) Employers should ensure that no employee test drives/rides an ATV without appropriate ATV safety training and demonstrated competency to ride safely. 2.) Employers should ensure employees wear, as a minimum, all protective equipment required by State law. 3.) Employers should ensure all ATV components are present prior to a test drive. 4.) Employers should have measures that contribute to a drug-free work environment, including the development and implementation of an alcohol- and drug-free workplace program, particularly for jobs related to machine and motor vehicle operation.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Automobile-repair-shops; Drivers; Drugs; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Motor-vehicles; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-practices; Author Keywords: ATV; ORV; Drug Policy; Motor Vehicle
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MI171; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division