A mechanic dies when he is crushed by the hydraulic arm of a recyclable refuse collection truck.
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 10CA005, 2011 Feb; :1-8
A truck mechanic died from injuries received when he was crushed by a hydraulic arm on a recyclable refuse collection truck. The victim was troubleshooting an operational malfunction reported by the truck operator and placed himself between the hydraulic mechanism and the collection bin mounted on the front of the truck. The hydraulic mechanism activated and retracted, crushing the victim. The hydraulic arm and related components were purchased by the employer seven months prior to the incident. The specific training from the manufacturer on operations and servicing had not yet been given to the victim. The CA/FACE investigator determined that, in order to prevent future occurrences, mechanics that troubleshoot equipment malfunctions should: 1. Stay out of the pinch points of energized mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic devices. 2. Receive specific training from the vendor or manufacturer on the equipment on which they will be performing maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.
Region-9; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Mechanics; Automobile-repair-shops; Hydraulic-equipment; Training
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Public Health Institute