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Operating heavy equipment: hazard alert.
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Jan; :1-2
More than 100 people each year are killed by mobile heavy equipment - including backhoes/excavators, mobile cranes, road grading and surfacing machinery, loaders, bulldozers, and tractors - on construction sites. These are the main causes of death: 1) Workers on foot are struck by equipment, usually when it's backing up or changing direction. 2) Equipment rolls over and kills the operator while on a slope or when equipment is loaded or unloaded from a flatbed/lowboy truck. 3) Operators or mechanics are run over or caught in equipment when the brakes aren't set, equipment is left in gear, wheel chocks are not used, or the equipment and controls aren't locked out. 4) Workers on foot or in a trench are crushed by falling equipment loads, backhoe buckets, or other moving parts.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Hazards; Accident-potential; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Equipment-operators; Machine-operators; Motor-vehicles; Road-construction; Road-surfacing
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Operating Heavy Equipment: Hazard Alert
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division